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Computer Science and Information Technology: VPN
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Computer Science and Information Technology, an Academic Department

Using the VMWare Cluster

There are two ways to interact with the departmental VMWare cluster, one using a native Windows client, and the other using a Adobe Flash-based web page.   You will need to be connected to the CSIT network via the VPN connection before either of these methods will work.

Using the vSphere Windows Client

  1. Download the vSphere client either using the link in the Files section of this page (or visiting https://vsphere.doublemega.com and clicking on the link there)
  2. Click on the downloaded .exe file to install the program
  3. Follow the "Using the VMWare Cluster" handout in the Documentation section of this page.

Using the vSphere Web Front-End

  1. Using a web browser, connect to https://vsphere.doublemega.com
  2. Click on the link to use the web front-end
  3. Follow the "Using the VMWare Cluster" handout in the Documentation section of this page.

Introduction

YCCC operates a virtual private network that will allow you to work with computers on the Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) network.   This network is seperate from the rest of campus, and cannot be used to communicate with computers on other parts of campus.

CS and IT majors, as well as any students taking CIS, NET, or WEB courses are welcome to use the VPN service.

Getting Connected to the CSIT Network via the VPN

There are three ways to connect to the CSIT network remotely (via a virtual private network [VPN] connection).   The first method is the preferred method:

1) Manually Install the VPN Client

This method is only usable for Microsoft Windows users.

  1. Download the VPN client installer from the Files section of this page.
  2. Follow the instructions for installing the client in the Documentation section of this page.
  3. Follow the instructions for using AnyConnect in the Documentation section of this page.

2) Allow the VPN to Determine your O/S and Install the Correct Client

This method should work for a variety of operating systems, including Macintosh OS X users.   For Windows users, the process uses both Adobe Flash and Microsoft Active X.

  1. Use a web browser to go to https://vpn.doublemega.com
  2. Log in using your school's username and password
  3. Ignore any warnings about an invalid certificate.
  4. The system will download AnyConnect for you.
  5. Follow the instructions for using AnyConnect in the Documentation section of this page.

3) Use an Alternate Client such as OpenConnect

Several third-party clients interoperate with the department's VPN system (a Cisco ASA firewall).   One option is OpenConnect (http://www.infradead.org/openconnect),   There is a Windows port of the software called OpenConnect-GUI (https://github.com/openconnect/openconnect-gui/wiki).   OpenConnect has been tested with our VPN servere, but is not officially supported by YCCC, so you are on your own to configure it.