VPN connection service

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VPN connection service

Some of you may have experienced that when you accessed the University’s server through the Internet from any other off-campus location, your access was rejected or the message saying “学内向け“ (Internal Access Only) appeared, thereby preventing you from reading the pages you desired.
This is because the server has been set to prevent access from devices located outside the University for security reasons.

The VPN connection service allows users to access such pages via an off-campus network.
For details, refer to “Regarding the usage of VPN connection service.”

Regarding the usage of VPN connection service

* Internal access only for viewing this page. Before starting to connect to a VPN, please read though the connection procedures.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a technology to serve as a dedicated line to connect any two locations on the Internet.

For example, some of you may have experienced that when you accessed the University’s server through the Internet from any other off-campus location, your access was rejected or the message saying “学内向け“ (Internal Access Only) appeared, thereby preventing you from reading the pages you desired.
This is because the server has been set to prevent access from devices located outside the University for security reasons.

Such a problem can be solved by connecting to a VPN, by which an on-campus IP address is assigned to the PC in question and an environment equivalent to that of the University PCs is created for the server.
Access to a University server from any other off-campus location is made securely and safely because packet communication is encrypted, enough to make it difficult to decode the information even if it is intercepted.


Overview of VPN Connection

There are several ways to connect to a VPN, but we offer the following connection method.

  • SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer)

* If you fail to connect to VPN, please install the latest version.

VPN connection procedure

  • To connect to VPN, you need an account and password issued by the IMC.
  • Please note that you cannot connect to VPN on campus; be sure to check how to connect in advance.

SSL-VPN connection

Be sure to check how to connect in advance.

Connection procedures

  1. Access the dedicated website.
  2. Enter the user ID and password issued by the IMC.
  3. Note: Once the expiration date (six months) of the password for the personal account has expired, you cannot log in.
    You need to change your password.
  4. The installation of VPN Client starts automatically.
  5. Note: in some cases, it is required to enter the destination server name: gw.vpn.tut.ac.jp.

Supported OS

  • Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 (32-bit and 64-bit for each OS)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.9 / 10.10 (32-bit and 64-bit for each OS)
  • Linux (64bit) Red Hat 6 / 7, Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS) / 14.04(LTS)
  • Linux (32bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5/6 Desktop
    • Ubuntu 9.x/10.x

The installation may fail, depending on the utilized browser or the environment.
In such a case, download the client according to the message shown, and install it manually.

How to download: click the right mouse button in the Firefox browser, and then select [名前を付けてリンク先を保存(K)] (Save Link As…).

Manual installation package for SSL-VPN Client

Importance:

  • Be careful in managing your password.
    • Never give or lend your password to anyone else.
    • If your password is lost or if you believe it is known by another person, notify the IMC immediately.
      If you are a student, you need to go to the reception desk on the first floor of the IMC and apply for the reissuance of a password. Be sure to bring your student ID card with you.
      If you are a faculty/staff member, you need to go to the staff room of the IMC and apply for the reissuance of a password. Be sure to bring your employee ID card.
  • The communication status is recorded by the IMC. In the event of any abnormal situation, access may be temporarily suspended.
  • Once a VPN session starts, all communication with the VPN client will be established via the University LAN.
    Communication with any off-campus site will take the long way due to increased pathways.
  • At present, VPN is disconnected automatically with 24-hour idle time.
  • A VPN connection (including a test) cannot be established using a PC connected to the University network.

Q & A

Q1. Is there any difference between what is used in a lab and “what is used via a lecture building and VPN”?

When you log in via a lecture building and VPN, you can receive the same services available at lecture buildings and the Library on campus. However, you will not be provided with services restricted by departments, faculties and laboratories.

Q2. It seems to me that it will be very risky to allow access to the inside from the outside.

When the VPN connection service is used, the communication from a PC located outside the University is carried out via the University route, thereby shutting out external communication.
The security level is the same as that on campus. Since communication content gets encrypted, the degree of risk is the same as on campus.
Users are required to pay as careful attention as when accessing the Internet on campus.
Danger! Do not let anyone know your password. You need to be careful in managing your password.

Q3. Is there any worry about the falsification or destruction of the data managed by the Administration Bureau?

The services whose access is restricted by the router or firewall of the Administration Bureau cannot be received in any other areas, even if accessed from within the University.
In the case of VPN connections, likewise, restricted users cannot access the internals of the Administration Bureau.

Q4. I tried to install the “Windows7 SSL VPN Connection Procedures,” but failed.

Try the following:

  1. Open the [コントロールパネル] (Control Panel).
  2. Click on [ネットワークの状態とタスク表示] (View Network Status and Tasks) (Category).
  3. Click on [アダプタの設定変更] (Change Adapter Settings) on the left-side menu.
  4. Select [ローカルエリア接続] (Local Area Connection) and press the right mouse button.
  5. Select [プロパティ] (Properties) in the shortcut menu displayed.
  6. Select the [共有] (Sharing) tab.
  7. If there is a check mark, uncheck the checkbox of [ネットワークのほかのユーザーに、このコンピューターのインターネット接続をとおして接続を許可する] (Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection) in the [インターネット接続の共有] (Internet Connection Sharing) section.
  8. Save the settings and install the VPN software.

When there is a check mark, as mentioned in section 7, VPN connection cannot be made.

Q5. I wish to use SSL VPN through an iPad.

Try the following:

  1. Install the application “Cisco AnyConnect” from the App Store.
  2. Tap on [VPN接続の追加] (Add VPN Connection) and enter the following information.
    • Enter “豊橋技術科学大学SSL-VPN " (Toyohashi University of Technology SSL-VPN) in the [説明] (Description) section.
    • Enter https://gw.vpn.tut.ac.jp/ in the [サーバ] (Server) section.
  3. Tap on [保存] (Save).

Now, all the settings have been completed.
For SSL VPN connection, activate “Cisco AnyConnect” and operate the switch to initiate a connection.

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