Off-Campus Access (VPN)

Certain RCC users can access resources from an off-campus Internet connection by using the FSU VPN Service.

Windows and Mac Clients

We recommend downloading and using the FSU AnyConnect client, which provides seamless, transparent access to the FSU network.

  1. Browse to https://vpn.fsu.edu/hpc
    • Note the /hpc on the end of the URL. That URL path allows you to login using your RCC (HPC) credentials rather than FSUID credentials.
  2. Click AnyConnect on the left.
  3. Click Start AnyConnect to download and install the client.
    • You may see some Java confirmation dialogs, and you will likely need Java installed to complete this step.
  4. Henceforth, the AnyConnect client will be available in your Start Menu/Start Screen or Finder.

Linux Clients

Option 1 - Download and install the Cisco AnyConnect Client

You can download the official Cisco Linux AnyConnect VPN from the VPN website:

  1. Login to https://vpn.fsu.edu/hpc
  2. Click AnyConnect on the left.
  3. Click Start AnyConnect
  4. Under Manual Installation, download the 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 is available in your applications list, and is also accesible from the command-line: vpnc

Option 2 - Install OpenConnect on Linux GUI

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

Installation

  1. Install OpenConnect: sudo apt-get install network-manager-openconnect (Ubuntu/Debian) or yum install NetworkManager-openconnect (RedHat/Fedora/CentOS)
  2. In the upper-right-hand corner of your screen, click the Network Icon.
  3. From the dropdown, browse to VPN Connections > Configure VPN
  4. Click the Add Button
  5. From the Dropdown, select the Cisco AnyConnect Compatible VPN (OpenConnect)
  6. In the dialog, enter FSU VPN in the Connection Name field and vpn.fsu.edu/hpc in the Gateway field. Leave all other fields as their default settings.
    • Note the /hpc on the end of that hostname. This instructs the VPN client to use the RCC/HPC authentication
  7. Click Save... and close all dialogs.

Connect and Disconnect

  1. In the upper-right-hand corner of your screen, click the Network Icon.
  2. From the dropdown, browse to VPN Connections < FSU VPN. A dialog will appear.
  3. Ensure that the VPN Host is set to vpn.fsu.edu, and click the connect icon to the right of that box.
  4. Enter your FSUID username and password.
  5. Click Login.
  6. A message will appear notifying you that you have connected to the VPN
  7. To disconnect, simply repeat steps 1-2 above to disable the VPN connection.

Option 3 - Install OpenConnect Linux CLI

  1. Install OpenConnect: sudo apt-get install openconnect (Ubuntu/Debian) or yum install openconnect (RedHat/Fedora/CentOS)
  2. Connect: sudo openconnect -u RCCLOGIN vpn.fsu.edu/hpc

If you want to background the process, use the -b flag when running OpenConnect.

If you want to connect automatically, you can include the -p YOUR_PASSWORD flag to avoid having to enter it manually. We strongly recommend you set Linux permissions to 600 on your script to avoid exposing password to other users on the system.

If you are using OpenConnect without the network-manager-openconnect package, it may attempt to run in the foreground by default. Use the --background flag when starting the package to run it in the background.