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Configuring VPN in Ubuntu-based Linux Distributions

Configuring VPN in Ubuntu-based Linux Distributions


When you are off campus, some of Illinois State University's electronic services are unavailable to you unless you establish a VPN connection.


Before You Begin


Connect with VPN to access restricted electronic resources such as the datastore, from an off-campus location.  It is not necessary to connect with VPN when you are on campus.


Before you can begin, you must configure a VPN connection using the following instructions:


Configuring VPN in Ubuntu System Settings


To connect to Illinois State University's network via VPN, do the following:


  1. Open Terminal by clicking on the Search your computer icon at the top of the Launcher.
  2. Type terminal in the search field and click on the Terminal icon.

2a. Type sudo apt-get install network-manager-openconnect-gnome to install the Cisco AnyConnect compatible VPN protocol.

2b. Close the terminal window.

  1. Open System Settings via the icon in the Launcher.
  2. Click the Network icon.
  3. In the network types in the sidebar of the Network window, click [+]

3a.  Select VPN from the Interface drop-down and click [Create...].

3b.  Select Cisco AnyConnect Compatible VPN (openconnect) from the Choose a VPN Connection Type drop-down.

3c.  Click [Create...]

3d.  In the Editing VPN Connection 1 window, change the Connection name to ISU.  (The name may not appear correctly until you close the Network window and reopen.)

3e. Under the VPN tab, in the General category, type for the Gateway.

3f.  Click [Save].

       6.   In the Network window, select the ISU VPN that you just created and toggle the ON/OFF toggle on the right.

       7.  You should be presented with a Connect to VPN 'ISU' window that looks similar to that of the Cisco AnyConnect app on Windows/Mac.

       8.  Enter your ULID in the Username field and password in the Password field and click [Login].

       9.  You should now get a notification pop up that you are connected.