Off-Campus VPN Access

To connect to RCC Resources from off-campus, you must use the FSU VPN Service.  Once you are on the VPN, you can then connect to our services (via SSH or other protocol) as if you were on campus.

Connecting from Windows and Mac

We recommend downloading and using the FSU AnyConnect client, which provides seamless, transparent access to the FSU Network from off-campus.

  1. Browse to https://vpn.fsu.edu/hpc (note: the '/hpc' on the end of the URL. That path allows you to login with your RCC/HPC credentials, rather than your FSUID).
  2. Click AnyConnect in the navigation menu.
  3. Click Start AnyConnect to download and install the client (you will see some Java confirmation dialogs, and may need to install Java on your workstation).
  4. Henceforth, the AnyConnect client will be available in your Start Menu (Windows) or Applications folder (Mac). Start the program and authenticate in order to login.

Connecting from Linux with AnyConnect

You can download and install the Cicsco Linux AnyConnect VPN client by logging into the VPN website: https://vpn.fsu.edu/hpc

  1. Login to https://vpn.fsu.edu/hpc
  2. Click AnyConnect in the navigation menu.
  3. Click Start AnyConnect.
  4. Download the Linux client from the Linux x86_64 link.
  5. Find the downloaded file and run it: ​chmod 755 ~/Downloads/vpnsetup.sh && ~/Downloads/vpnsetup.sh
  6. The VPN client will be available in your Applications list, and is also available as a CLI tool: vpnc.

Connecting from Linux with OpenConnect

Most recent Linux distributions provide binaries for Cisco-compatible open-source network clients in their package repositories. We recommend the OpenConnect client, which is known to work with the FSU VPN.

Installation

  1. Install OpenConnect
    1. Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt-get install network-manager-openconnect
    2. Redhat/Fedora/CentOS: yum install NetworkManager-openconnect
  2. Open the Network Manager (aka Network Connections) app in your Linux GUI
  3. Click the Add button to add a network.
  4. From the Dropdown, select Cisco AnyConnect Compatible VPN (OpenConnect)
  5. In the dialog, enter the follwing:
    • Network Name: FSU VPN
    • Gateway: vpn.fsu.edu/hpc (note the /hpc on the end of the hostname)
  6. ​Leave all other fields as their default settings
  7. Click Save... and close all dialog windows.

Connect and Disconnect

  1. Find and click the Network Manager icon in your task bar (upper-right-hand corner in Ubuntu)
  2. From the drop down, click VPN Connections -> FSU VPN. A dialog will appear.
  3. Ensure the VPN Host is set to vpn.fsu.edu/hpc, and click the connect icon next to that text box.
  4. Enter your RCC username and password.
  5. Click Login.
  6. A lock will appear on the Network Manager icon indicating that you have succesfully connected.
  7. To disconnect, simply repeat Steps 1 & 2 above to disconnect from the VPN. The lock will disappear from the Network Manager icon to indicate you are no longer connected.

OpenConnect CLI

If you wish to use OpenConnect on the Linux CLI, follow the instructions above to install the OpenConnect client, and then run the following command:

sudo openconnect --background -u RCC-USERNAME vpn.fsu.edu/hpc

You will be prompted for your password.

To disconnect from the VPN, simply kill the openconnect process:

sudo pkill openconnect

You can use the -p tag to automatically enter your password, but we recommend against this for security reasons.

If you wish to script connecting to the VPN and store your password in the script, you should set the permissions of the script file to 600 in order to avoid exposing your password to other users on the system.