Technology Help Desk

Preus Library
Main Level
700 College Dr
Decorah, IA 52101

Fall Term Hours

M-Th: 7:30 am – 9 pm*
F: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm*
Sa: 2 pm – 5:30 pm*
Su: 12 pm – 9 pm*

*Limited services after 5 pm and on weekends

Full Hours

helpdesk@luther.edu

Phone: 563-387-1000

FortiClient VPN

FortiClient VPN is the best way for employees to access on-campus services while working remotely.

The FortiClient icon, which is a blue shield with a white border.

The FortiClient VPN software allows an off-campus Luther workstation to access the Luther College network just as if it were on campus through an encrypted “tunnel” connection. Employees cannot make VPN tunnel connections from their personally-owned computers in order to keep confidential information on college systems and because malware on personally-owned devices could affect Luther systems.

Requesting access

In order to use FortiClient VPN, employees need to be authorized and have the software on their computer, both of which can be accomplished through a request process. To get started, request a download for either Windows or macOS. All Luther College faculty and staff can request FortiClient VPN authorization and installation.

Installation

Within 48 hours of when you request access, you’ll get an email with a link to our download page. On the download page, make certain your device is selected in the “Device to install software on” field. Once verified, click “Run Now”

Within a few minutes of clicking Run Now, you will see an orange pop-up window appear asking you to confirm the installation. If you do not see this pop-up, it is possible you already have the software installed. 

Note: macOS users will be prompted to enter their computer password during the installation process. You do not need to have Admin Rights. 

Finding the Application

An image of the Windows system tray, which shows applet icons, including the blue shield icon for the FortiClient VPN

When running on Windows, the FortiClient VPN icon can be found in the System Tray.

You can launch the VPN application by searching for “FortiClient VPN”.

On Windows, you can also click on the FortiClient VPN icon in the System Tray or click on the Windows/Start Menu and locate the FortiClient VPN App.

On macOS, you can click on the black FortiClient VPN icon on the Menu Bar or locate the app in the Applications folder.

Initial Setup

The first time you run the application, you’ll need to accept a notification that this is a free version of the FortiClient VPN software. Afterwards, you’ll encounter a VPN selection screen with a “SAML Login” button. The VPN Name on this screen should be pre-filled (vpn.luther.edu). Lastly, click the “SAML Login” button and sign in with your Norse Key credentials.

Creating a VPN Connection

A Windows notification message indicating that says "Forticlient: Connected to vpn.luther.edu"

Windows-style notification from the FortiClient VPN indicating that a vpn tunnel was successfully established.

If the application is already running, you should see the FortiClient VPN icon in the System Tray near the clock (Windows) or on the Menu Bar in the upper right (macOS). 

Click on the icon and choose “Connect to vpn.luther.edu”. 

The first time you connect every day, you’ll be directed through our Microsoft Azure SSO process. Enter your Norse Key username (including @luther.edu) and password. 

After a few seconds, the FortiClient VPN icon should change to a lock symbol and you will be notified of a successful connection. 

When you are done, click on the VPN icon again and select “Disconnect”.

Technology Help Desk

Preus Library
Main Level
700 College Dr
Decorah, IA 52101

Fall Term Hours

M-Th: 7:30 am – 9 pm*
F: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm*
Sa: 2 pm – 5:30 pm*
Su: 12 pm – 9 pm*

*Limited services after 5 pm and on weekends

Full Hours

helpdesk@luther.edu

Phone: 563-387-1000