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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

What is VPN?

VPN or Virtual Private Network allows a user to securely connect to the campus network as though they were on campus.  VPN is a solution that works well when you have all your software installed on your computer (for example if you are using a laptop) and need to connect to Kettering’s network.  Alternatively, the KUcloud will provide access to campus software and connection to the University’s network.

How does it work?

Kettering utilizes Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to provide a secure VPN connection to the University’s network through SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).  SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link that ensures all data passed remains private.

Who can use VPN?

VPN is available to Students, Faculty and Staff.

How do I connect to VPN?

Users need to first install the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. Step-by-step instructions are provided below in the Get Started section. Once the software is installed, users can access VPN at time by opening the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and connecting with their Windows Domain username and password.

Get Started!

Printer friendly steps including screen shots are available in the technology VPN Help Sheet.

Install VPN Software Process

  1. Download and Run/Open the Cisco AnyConnect-Win.exe file. If the Open File – Security Warning dialog box appears select Run.
  2. Select Next to start the AnyConnect Install Wizard.
  3. Accept the License Agreement terms by selecting the radio button and Next.
  4. Select Install to start the install process. If the AnyConnect Installer Information Dialog box appears asking for a reboot select OK.
  5. Select Finish to complete the install process. If the AnyConnect Installer Information Dialog box appears asking for a reboot select Yes.

Connect to VPN after Software Install

  1. If the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is not open, select the Cisco Globe icon from your taskbar (if previously opened). Optionally, you can launch from the Start Menu. Select All Programs > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (Application).
  2. Verify drop down list is set to vpn.kettering.edu/[employee or student]. If a different address is listed, type in the correct address as shown.
  3. Select Connect from the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

Disconnect from VPN

  1. Select Disconnect from the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  2. If the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is not open, select the Cisco Globe icon on the taskbar and then proceed to select Disconnect from the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

Troubleshooting

  • If you are unable to connect it may be that your Windows Password needs to be changed, is within six (6) days of expiring, or has expired. Windows Password changes must be done on a Kettering Windows PC and cannot be made through the VPN client. The VPN client is unable to pass warnings or messages concerning your password (such as a password change expiration warning) which will cause an error while VPN is attempting to authenticate.
  • Three (3) unsuccessful log in attempts will lock your account for six (6) minutes.
  • When connected to the campus through a VPN connection, you cannot play games or use chat programs.
  • You can only connect to the VPN network when you are off the Kettering Network.
  • If still experiencing difficulties connecting, consider optionally connecting to the Kettering Network through the KUcloud.