Establish a VPN Connection

General VPN Access Information

Most resources (e.g., printing, ssh, home directories) behind CSE-IT firewalled networks can be accessed using UofM eduroam wireless or the standard UofM VPN General Access Pool.

 

VPN Clients

We recommend using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility (SSL) client. Alternate clients using SSL or IPSec protocols can also be used.

It is recommended you download the University of Minnesota Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client as this pre-configured client will also work with both the University of Minnesota VPN as well as the departmental VPN server. Installation and configuration instructions are available for various operating systems.

If you have any problems installing the AnyConnect client or need assistance configuring an alternate client, please contact csehelp@cselabs.umn.edu.

Continue to the University of Minnesota Cisco AnyConnect Download and Install Page. (Requires active UofM Internet ID.)

Departmental Pools

The Computer Science & Engineering Department, the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Labs also have separate VPN Departmental Pools for access to more restrictive or sensitive resources. Access to restricted resources via the UofM General Access Pools or the Departmental Pools are set up on a case-by case basis by contacting csehelp@umn.edu.  Note: These situations are not common so users should first attempt to access resources using the UofM General Access VPN Pool to verify access.

  • Computer Science & Engineering Department  - AnyConnect-CSE01-VP001
  • CSE Labs - AnyConnect-CSE01-VP002
  • Electrical Engineering - AnyConnect-CSE01-VP003

You need an active UofM Internet ID and be an allowed user of the appropriate group to use the departmental pools.  If you have an active UofM Internet ID and cannot connect to your desired departmental pool please contact csehelp@umn.edu.

Logging into Departmental VPN Pools using the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

  1. Start the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  2. In the "Connect" box, select Departmental Pools
  3. A window with a dropdown menu of different groups will open.  See below for the appropriate Departmental Pool Group name.

Connecting to the CSE Labs Departmental Pool

Important! Needing access to the CSE Labs Departmental Pool is very rare. Almost all CSE Labs services (e.g., sshing to lab machines, printing to lab printers, mounting home directories remotely) can be accessed from either UofM eduroam wireless or the standard UofM General Access VPN.  If there is still a specific service you cannot access after trying wireless and UofM VPN, please contact csehelp@umn.edu for additional assistance.

CSE Labs users should use their UMN Internet ID and password.

  1. In the "Group:" selection box, choose AnyConnect-CSE01-VP002.
  2. Login with your UofM Internet ID and password.

Connecting to the CS Departmental Pool

CS users should use their UofM Internet ID username and password.

  1. In the "Group:" selection box, choose AnyConnect-CSE01-VP001.
  2. Login with your UofM Internet ID and password.

Connecting to the EE VPN Network

EE users should use their UMN Internet ID and password (AD EE-VPN users only).

  1. In the "Group:" selection box, choose AnyConnect-CSE01-VP003.
  2. Login with your UofM Internet ID and password.

VPN Departmental Pool Profiles

The first time you successfully authenticate to a departmental pool, an xml profile will be downloaded to your AnyConnect profile directory.  The next time you connect using AnyConnect, you should see the departmental pool listed as a general option as seen below:

Computer Science and Engineering Profile:

Electrical Engineering Profile:

CSE Labs Profile:

If you have any problems logging into the VPN Server, make sure you are using your UofM Internet ID and password. If you continue to have problems, please contact csehelp@umn.edu.