Connect a Linux device to VPN

Follow the instructions for your operating system to connect to the new University VPN.

Linux Ubuntu 16.04 or higher

  1. Download the FortiClient VPN installer
  2. Locate the full path where the installer has been downloaded to. Usually this is /home/<username>/Downloads/forticlient_vpn_6.4.1.0895_amd64.deb. You will need to use this path in the next step.
  3. Open a terminal and install FortiClient VPN using the command sudo apt-get install <Full path toFortiClient installation deb file>. For example sudo apt-get install /home/username/Downloads/forticlient_vpn_6.4.1.0895_amd64.deb
  4. FortiClient runs automatically in the backend after installation. Launch FortiClient VPN by opening Applications and searching for forticlient.
  5. Acknowledge and accept the disclaimer.
  6. Select Configure VPN.
  7. Set VPN Type: SSL VPN.
  8. Set Connection Name: UoS-SSL-VPN
  9. Set Remote Gateway: remoteaccess.shef.ac.uk
  10. Click Save.
  11. Select UoS-SSL-VPN as VPN name.
  12. Enter your university username - this is the same username you log into MUSE with.
  13. Enter your university password - this is the same password you log into MUSE with (if you're enrolled in MFA using a hardware token please enter your university password and the passcode generated by your token in the format of password,passcode - note the comma between password and passcode). A new passcode must be generated for each VPN connection attempt.
  14. Press Connect.
  15. If you're enrolled in MFA using your mobile device - approve the login request on your mobile device
  16. You are now connected to the VPN.

Linux Red Hat 7.4/CentOS 7.4 or higher

  1. Download the FortiClient VPN installer
  2. Locate the full path where the installer downloaded. Usually this is /home/<username>/Downloads/forticlient_vpn_6.4.1.0895_x86_64.rpm. You will need to use this path in the next step.
  3. If using Red Hat 7 or CentOS 7, open a terminal and install FortiClient VPNusing the command sudo yum install <FortiClient installation rpm file> -y. For example sudo yum install /home/username/Downloads/forticlient_vpn_6.4.1.0895_x86_64.rpm -y
  4. If using Red Hat 8 or CentOS 8, open a terminal and install FortiClient VPN using the command sudo dnf install <FortiClient installation rpm file> -y. For example sudo dnf install /home/username/Downloads/forticlient_vpn_6.4.1.0895_x86_64.rpm -y
  5. FortiClient VPN runs automatically in the background after installation. Launch FortiClient VPN by opening Applications and searching for forticlient.
  6. Acknowledge and accept the disclaimer.
  7. Select Configure VPN.
  8. Set VPN Type: SSL VPN.
  9. Set Connection Name: UoS-SSL-VPN
  10. Set Remote Gateway: remoteaccess.shef.ac.uk
  11. Press Save.
  12. Select UoS-SSL-VPN as VPN name.
  13. Enter your university username - this is the same username you log into MUSE with.
  14. Enter your university password - this is the same password you log into MUSE with (if you're enrolled in MFA using a hardware token please enter your university password and the passcode generated by your token in the format of password,passcode - note the comma between password and passcode). A new passcode must be generated for each VPN connection attempt.
  15. Press Connect.
  16. If you are enrolled in MFA using your mobile device - approve the login request on your mobile device.
  17. You are now connected to the VPN.

Additional Information

  • For users that do not use the gnome desktop environment. You will need to install the "gnome-keyring" package in order to connect to the UoS VPN service with FortiClient


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