SSLVPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) is used to provide a secure connection between the client machine and the host network. The traffic between the client and the VPN is encrypted and secured. The client software that ASU uses for SSLVPN is Cisco AnyConnect. This client is seamlessly installed and automatically configured for future use after the initial installation. While the VPN client is connected, all ASU resources are available, as if the user is using a computer already on the network.
Installing the client
The client is installed through the web portal http://sslvpn.asu.edu. The site requires an ASURITE username and password in order to log in. Installation will start immediately after successful login.
To install the client through the web installation, either java or ActiveX support must be enabled. If neither are available then a link to the client’s installation file will appear.
Using the client
After the client is installed, it will automatically connect and the web page will prompt to close the window. If at any time the VPN session ends, the user can reconnect by either relaunching the Cisco AnyConnect application or by going to the website http://sslvpn.asu.edu .
The first time the client is launched locally, the server name must be entered. In the input box entitled "Connect to" enter "sslvpn.asu.edu". Then click the Select button. The client will then prompt for your username and password. After the client successfully connects, it will minimize to your menu bar.
Alternatively, Cisco AnyConnect has a command-line interface (CLI) which can be useful for scripting automatic VPN connections. After AnyConnect is installed, the method to access the CLI is by launching the file vpncli.exe located in C:\Program Files\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client .
The syntax for connecting is the following:
vpncli.exe connect sslvpn.asu.edu
To disconnect AnyConnect, use the following command:
The username will default to the currently logged on user. However the user must enter their password as it is never stored in the client’s machine. This method of connecting can be used in a startup script for users who prefer to have uninterrupted access to resources required by the VPN.
On-campus users who connect with SSLVPN may want to connect to ASU resources in a specific order, otherwise, a delay while connecting to computers or devices on the network may occur. Connect with the SSLVPN client first, then proceed to connect to other resources, such as fileservers or other machines.
Disconnecting the client
The client can be disconnected by using the icon in the menu bar, which is usually located by the clock. Click on the icon and a drop-down menu will appear. Select Disconnect to end your current session, or Quit to end your session and exit the AnyConnect client.
If you have SecuRemote installed on your machine. . .
SSLVPN is replacing the current SecuRemote system as of June 30, 2009. SSLVPN promises better performance and less interference so you can continue to securely access services including Advantage, departmental services, your workstation, or other services outside of the Web.
To uninstall SecuRemote and install the new SSLVPN solution, follow these steps:
- For a PC running XP, use the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel.
- For a PC running Vista, use the Programs and Features Control Panel.
- Mac users should uninstall the program.
Once SecuRemote is removed, reboot your machine before installation of the new software, then go to https://sslvpn.asu.edu to install the new SSLVPN software.