UVic VPN Client for Linux

A number of Department Application services are only accessible to users who connect to the University Network using a private VPN connection. VPN connections are encrypted and require user authentication before granting network access.

The instructions below are intended for installing the CISCO compatible openconnect VPN client on Debian/Ubuntu derivatives of Linux to connect to the Universities’ CISCO VPN Service.

Install the Network Manager Client

From the command line terminal, install the network manager plugin for openconnect:

sudo apt install network-manager-openconnect-gnome

Configure the VPN Client

Using the Gnome “Activities” menu, start the “Settings” application and select “Network”. Under the VPN settings, click the + sign to add a new VPN connection type.

  • Select “Multi-protocol VPN client (openconnect)” from the list of VPN client software. gnome-add-vpn-screen

  • In the “Add VPN” window, enter vpn.uvic.ca under the Gateway, and click the “Add” Button. gnome-config-vpn-screen

Activating the VPN Client

Once configured, you can activate the VPN connection through any of the following methods to create a private tunnelled network connection to the University network:

  • Using the Gnome System Tray in the Main Title Bar at the top of your desktop screen, right click the Network Icon, and select VPN > UVic
  • Using the “Activities” Menu, select “Settings” > “Network” > “VPN” > “UVic”

Once activated, you will be prompted for your NETLINK ID and password. After authenticating you will see a small “key” show up on your System Tray indicating that your VPN connection is activated. gnome-taskbar-vpn-screen