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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a method of connecting to a private network (UNF's network) by way of a public network (the Internet) securely. A VPN connection is not needed to read email.

UNF uses a VPN application called FortiClient that is easy to install and set up. A VPN is a method of connecting to a private network (UNF's network) by way of a public network (the Internet) securely. Follow the directions on this web page to get started.

Setup with FortiClient:

The instructions for setting up a VPN connection using FortiClient are below.

VPN Web Portal

https://vpn.unf.edu

The VPN web portal is a method of connecting to UNF resources directly in your browser. It allows users to download the full VPN client, RDP/SSH into devices on the UNF network, and browse websites only available on the UNF network

Connecting to Remote Desktop via VPN Web Portal

  1. Login to the VPN web portal, using your UNFID and password
  2. Use the "Quick Connection" or "New Bookmark" links to create a new connection.
  3. Select the connection method (RDP for Windows or VNC for OSX) and fill out the fully qualified host name or IP address.
  4. You can select the "Use SSL-VPN Credentials" if you would like to login to that device with the same credentials you used to login to the VPN web portal.
  5. Change the Security drop down to: "Allow the server to choose the type"

     

    SSL RDP Setup

     

  6. Select Launch to have the session start in a new window.

     

    SSL RDP Session

FAQs

Q: The VPN didn't connect and told me that I'm not authorized to use the service.

A: Duo 2FA is required to use the VPN. Please enroll and ensure that your settings are correct at: https://mfa.unf.edu

 

Q: My FortiClient connection progress stops at 45%

A: Please check your phone for the Duo push notification. If you are a Duo Token or Code user, you must enter your password at the VPN login prompt as Password,Code - Example: BigSwoopingOsprey,652452