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VPN Tunnel Training

Luther’s VPN Tunnel, or Virtual Private Network Tunnel, allows a remote computer to access the Luther College Network just as if it were directly connected to the Luther LAN.

Note: If you only need access to your network shares, consider using VPN web access instead. This allows you to access a network share (i.e. H or T Drives) via your web browser. See VPN Training for more information.

Goals

Upon completion of this 1-on-1 training, you will be able to:

Training

A VPN Tunnel connection is made using a piece of software known as the FortiClient SSL VPN client. When this client is run on a computer connected to a remote network, an encrypted communication session is made between the remote computer and the vpn server on the Luther College Network. Once the tunnel session is established, the remote computer can access the Luther College Network just as if it were directly connected to our LAN.

All Luther College Faculty and Staff are allowed to make vpn tunnel connections from their Luther owned laptop to the Luther College Network. We have no control over the security of home computers and cannot ensure that they are not infected with trojans, or viruses. It is also not appropriate for confidential Luther College data to be saved to personal home computers. For these two reason we do not allow users to make vpn tunnel connections from their home computers.

Setup

The FortiClient SSL VPN client will be installed as part of all laptop images on newly delivered Luther College faculty and staff computers. Users who received their laptops prior to the availability of the vpn may contact the LIS Technology Help Desk and ask that the client be installed on their computers.

1. Start the FortiClient SSL VPN client. If the icon is not on your desktop, search for it through your start menu.

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2. Assure the Server Address is vpn.luther.edu:443, enter your Norse Key username and password, and click Connect.

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3. Once connected, you can either leave the FortiClientSSL VPN window where it is, or move it to the bottom portion of your screen. This window cannot be minimized and must not be closed or you will lose your connection.

Running Programs

Once the tunnel session is established, the remote computer can access the Luther College Network just as if it were directly connected to our LAN. You can run any program on your computer in the same fashion you run them from your office.

While you are running the FortiClient SSL VPN client, you are using the connection to the Internet made through your service provider.

Note: For best results, exit all programs that use the Internet first, then start the FortiClient SSL VPN client, and then start any programs that use the Internet.

Logging Out

1. When you are finished, first exit all applications that are running through the VPN Tunnel.

2. Next, locate the FortiClient SSL VPN client window. If you moved it to the bottom portion of your screen, you will want to drag it back up so you can view the entire window.

3. Click either Disconnect or Exit.

  • Click Disconnect to end your session and keep the client window available to reconnect at a later point in time.

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  • Click Exit to end your session and close the client window. Clicking “X” in the top right corner of the window is another option.

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Additional Resources

Review the Technology Help Desk web site

Contact the Technology Help Desk