VPN Service

 

SSL/IPSec VPN Services

The FSU VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service is designed to allow University Faculty, Staff, Courtesy Appointments, University-sponsored External Vendors (see Guest Access to University Computing Resources) and certain Students to securely "tunnel" into campus over commodity networks, such as the Internet, and access services as if they were on campus.

Requirements for FSU VPN Service:

  • FSUID and password (Faculty, Staff, Courtesy Appointments, Students)
  • Guest FSUID and password (External Vendors)
    • External Vendors must have an FSU sponsor and a Guest FSUID prior to requesting Guest VPN Access.
    • External Vendors do not need a Courtesy Appointment in OMNI).
    • Prior to submitting a request for Guest VPN Access, the sponsor must ensure that:
      • The name and Guest FSUID of the Guest or Vendor is included in the description field of the request.

If you are having issues please contact the person or department that provided your access before entering a case or calling the ITS Service Desk.

VPN General Instructions

VPN options and recommendations

1. Clientless SSL VPN - Web Proxy

  • This option is best suited for securely checking web-based emails, accessing library catalogs, journal lists. In some instances, this option is best suited for remote desktop/ssh from the web browser.
  • Since the clientless SSL VPN essentially does the browsing for the user and returns the data to his/her browser, the user appears to originate from within campus (browsing to the rest of the internet is not recommended).
  • No software installation needed. Standard web browser is required.
    • Go to http://vpn.fsu.edu for general FSU VPN group
    • Go to http://vpn.fsu.edu/YourGroupName for specific VPN group.
    • Guests/ External Vendors: Go to http://vpn.fsu.edu/vendorsupport

2. Newer SSL AnyConnect Client - SSL Full Network Layer Access

  • This option is best suited for accessing restricted resources such as your department internal servers.
  • Client installation needed. - how to install the SSL AnyConnect Client.
  • The Profile is a URL such as vpn.fsu.edu for general FSU VPN group and vpn.fsu.edu/YourGroupName for a specific VPN group.
  • This is the client that best supports 64-bit Operating Systems.

3. Traditional Cisco IPSec VPN Client - IPSec Full Network Layer Access

  • This option is best suited for accessing restricted resources such as your department internal servers.
  • Client installation needed. - how to install the Cisco IPSec VPN Client.
  • A special profile file such as FSU.pcf is needed on the client's computer. See the ITS Service Desk for instructions on saving your profile.
  • This client will not support 64-bit Operating Systems. We recommend you to migrate to SSL AnyConnect client at your convenience.
 

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