Most network resources, including home directories, are protected from intruders by a firewall. To get through the firewall you must connect with a VPN (virtual private network). To do this, follow the steps below. You can either do this through a browser or the desktop client, the latter allows you to save settings so you don’t have to use a browser and log in each time. For more information, see here.
The first time connecting to the VPN on any computer, you need to complete all steps in the browser setup instructions. Once the application is installed, you can just do steps 1-3 for the browser, or step 6 for the desktop client.
Connect Using a Browser
- Open a browser and navigate to sslvpn.uconn.edu
- Login with your NetID and NetID password
- Click Start next to Pulse Secure, near the bottom right of the page. If you have done this before, this is all you have to do (you should now see the task bar icon shown in step 9).
- The page will scan for the application launcher. If it is not already installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download and install the Pulse Secure Launcher. Click Download to proceed.
- When the download is complete, follow the instructions on the browser screen to complete the installation. A new window will open to inform you when this is complete.
- Then, click the Here link in the middle of the page to continue.
- You will be prompted to open the Pulse Secure Application Launcher. Check “Always open links for Pulse Secure Application Launcher” if you want to skip this popup next time, then click Open Pulse Secure Application Launcher.
- In the next popup, click Always to grant Pulse Secure permission to contact the server sslvpn.uconn.edu. The installation will complete with a few more download and install windows (no input required).
- When this is complete you will be connected to the UConn VPN. You should see a Pulse Secure task bar icon to confirm this.
- Right click the Pulse Secure icon in the task bar – you may need to click the ^ to expand the taskbar to find the icon. Select Open Pulse Secure in the menu that pops up. If you do not see the Pulse Secure icon, you can also run the program from the start menu by searching Pulse Secure.
- Click the + to add a new connection.
- Connection type should be Policy Secure (UAC) or Connect Secure (VPN). Name can be whatever you like. Server URL is http://vpn.uconn.edu. Click Connect when finished.
- When prompted, login with your UConn NetID and the corresponding password (NOT your engineering account). Check “Save settings” if you want to save these credentials. Click Connect.
- You are now connected, the taskbar icon should have changed to indicate this.
- Next time you want to use the client, you can simply right click the task bar icon and select this icon from the menu, then click Connect.