Connecting to the FSU VPN

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Connecting to the FSU VPN

There are now two FSU VPN's. Cisco and Aruba Via. If one is full the other may have open slots. Other than that they both seem equivalent. Please make sure you don't connect both clients. Exit/quit one before trying the other.


Windows Instructions for the Cisco VPN

Using the Firefox browser visit http://vpn.fsu.edu. Log in using your FSU Omni userid and password. Click on the "AnyConnect" link and then the "Start AnyConnect" link and allow the browser to install the software (click "Run", click "Yes"). Enter your FSU Omni login information in the logon dialog. After the process is complete you should see "Connection established" on the webpage.p>

At this point you should have a new Start menu item labeled "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client". For future VPN session you don't need to launch a browser, just start the "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client" and login with your FSU Omni login information.

If the installation fails using Firefox try the same instructions using Internet Explorer.


Windows Instructions for the Aruba Via VPN

Download ansetup.msi*. Double click "ansetup.msi to start install. Click "Next", put check in "I accept..", click "Next", click "Next", click "Install". If Computer Security dialog pops up click "Yes" (allow). Click "Finish". Click the big round "Click to download VPN profile" button. Enter "via.fsu.edu" into the "VPN Server URL/IP" box, click "Download". Enter your FSU/Omni/Canvas username and password and click "Proceed". The app will finish installing and minimize to your system tray. To connect to the FSU Aruba VPN right click the icon in your system tray and choose "Connect". The icon is a white circle with a red V. Right click the icon and choose "Disconnect" to disconnect.

Please disconnect when you are done.  There are a limited number of connections to the VPN.



Apple MacOS Instructions for the Cisco VPN (Pre Catalina)

Using the Firefox browser visit http://vpn.fsu.edu. Log in using your FSU Omni userid and password. Click on the "AnyConnect" link and then the "Start AnyConnect" link and allow the browser to install the software (click "Allow", and if prompted enter an administrator username and password, then press OK). After the process is complete you should see "Connection established" on the webpage. Also, a new Icon with be present in the top right menu bar signifying VPN status.

At this point you should have a new Application Folder labeled "Cisco". For future VPN session you don't need to launch a browser, just start the "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client", which is in this folder, and login with your FSU Omni login information.

If the installation fails using Firefox try the same instructions using Safari.


Apple MacOS Instructions for the Cisco VPN (Catalina)

Download the 64bit OpenConnect GUI client openconnect-gui-1.5.3.high_sierra.bottle.tar.gz*. Extract the file, you can move the resulting folder to Applications but it isn't necessary. Open the folder then double click to start app "OpenConnect-GUI". Enter "vpn.fsu.edu" into the server box. Log in using your FSU Omni userid and password.


Apple MacOS Instructions for the Aruba Via VPN

The Aruba Via app can be downloaded from the apple store. Retrive the link for the app from the FSU Instructions link below and install the app with the App Store. Start the app, click the big round "Click to download VPN profile" button. Enter "via.fsu.edu" into the "VPN Server URL/IP" box, click "Download". Enter your FSU/Omni/Canvas username and password and click "Download". The app will finish installing. Click "VPN DISCONNECTED CLICK TO CONNECT" text. Click "Allow" to add the VPN configuration to your MacOS. You should then see "VPN CONNECTED" and the app will auto hide.

FSU instructions at:
Aruba VIA - macOS Quick Start Guide



Please disconnect when you are done.  There are a limited number of connections to the VPN.


Once you are connected applications that require a FSU IP should work. Notably this includes:


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