Remotely Connecting to the Hendrix VPN for Windows

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Please Read First: Connecting to the Hendrix VPN requires special permissions for your Hendrix Domain account. If you have not contacted IT to set up these permissions, you will not be able to connect to the VPN. You may contact IT through our online form or by email at  helpdesk@hendrix.edu.


System Requirements for the VPN Client:

  • Windows 
  • A working internet connection (broadband preferred)
  • The Cisco VPN Client Software (see below)

Overview

  • Downloading, Installing, and Configuring the Cisco VPN Client software.
    This must only be performed once on your computer.
  • Connecting to the Hendrix VPN You will do this each time you want to connect to the Hendrix VPN
  • Disconnecting from the Hendrix VPN You should do this whenever you will not be using the Hendrix VPN for a while, or whenever you turn off your computer.




Downloading, Installing, and Configuring the Cisco VPN Client software 

Below you will find instructions on how to download, install, and configure the Cisco VPN Client software you will use to connect to the Hendrix VPN. You only need to do this the first time you connect to the Hendrix VPN from your computer.

Step 1: Download and Install the Cisco VPN Client software

  1. Download the Cisco VPN Client software for 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP by right-clicking the link below and selecting "Save Target As..."Cisco VPN Client Software 
  2. Double-click on the "vpnclient-win-msi-5.0.03.0560-k9.exe" file to begin the installation wizard. 
  3. On the "Welcome to the Cisco Systems VPN Client..." screen, click "Next >". 
  4. On the "License Agreement" screen, select "I accept the license agreement" and click "Next >". 
  5. On the "Destination Folder" screen, verify that the install location is where you want it. If you are not sure, just leave the default setting. When you are finished, click "Next >". 
  6. On the "Ready to Install the Application" screen, select "Next >". 
  7. The install wizard will install the VPN Client on to your computer. 
  8. When the installation is complete, select "Finish" to close the install wizard. 
  9. You will be prompted to restart your computer. Close any open applications and then click the "Yes" button to restart your computer. 

You have successfully installed the Cisco VPN Client software. 


Step 2: Configuring the Cisco VPN Client software for first-time use 

  1. Go to "Start" --> "All Programs" --> "Cisco Systems VPN Client" --> "VPN Client".
  2. Click the "New" button above the "Connection Entries" tab. This will open the "VPN Client | Create New VPN Connection Entry" window.
  3. In the "Connection Entry" box type: Hendrix ASA
  4. In the "Host" box type: lono.hendrix.edu 
  5. Make sure that the "Group Authentication" box is selected.
  6. In the "Name" box type the VPN Username you were supplied by IT.
  7. In the "Password" box type the VPN password you were supplied by IT.
  8. In the "Confirm Password" box retype your VPN password.
  9. Click on the TRANSPORT tab.
  10. Ensure the IPSec over UDP is selected.
  11. Click "Save" to save your settings and close the "VPN Client | Create New VPN Connection Entry" window.
  12. Go to "Options" --> "Simple Mode" to set your VPN Client software to simple mode.
  13. Go to "Options" --> "Preferences" to open the "Preferences" window.
  14. Make sure there is a check next to "Save window settings", "Hide upon connect", and "Enable connect history display". Click "OK".

You have successfully configured the VPN Client software.



Connecting to the Hendrix VPN

Below you will find instructions for connecting to the Hendrix VPN with the Cisco VPN Client software. You will use these instructions each time you want to connect to the Hendrix VPN.
Note: You can only connect to the VPN after you have downloaded, installed, and configured the Cisco VPN Client software, and after you have been given special permission by IT.

  1. Open the VPN Client software by going to "Start" --> "All Programs" --> "Cisco Systems VPN Client" --> "VPN Client".
  2. Make sure that the dropdown box says "Hendrix ASA" and click "Connect" to connect to the Hendrix VPN.\
  3. When you are prompted for your username and password, enter your Hendrix Domain account username and password. This is the same account you use to log in to your email.

You are now connected to the Hendrix VPN.



Disconnecting from the Hendrix VPN

Below you will find instructions for disconnecting from the Hendrix VPN. You should do this whenever you are not going to be using the VPN for a while, and before you turn off your computer.

  1. Make sure that you have closed any software and disconnected any mapped drives that require access to the Hendrix VPN. If you do not do this your computer may have problems.
  2. Right-click on the VPN Client tray icon in your Windows system tray. It should look like a small yellow padlock near the clock on your taskbar.
  3. Select "Disconnect".

You are now disconnected from the Hendrix VPN.

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