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Using the UNCG SSL VPN Web Portal

The UNCG SSL VPN Web Portal works in the Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Note that the Firefox browser was used to create the instructions on this page. Java and Active X must be installed for this web site to function properly.

About VPN

  • Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is used to create a secure path to UNCG's network in order for your machine to access campus resources.
  • VPN creates an encrypted network connection between you and UNCG. Your computer will logically be part of the UNCG network when using a VPN connection.
  • For more information about VPN at UNCG, read: UNCG General Computing Network VPN Remote Access Overview (pdf: requires a reader such as Adobe Reader).

NOTE:

  • Web Portal access is not available for Mac Power PCs. It is available only for Intel-based Macs.
  • Unlike the AnyConnect SSL VPN client, the VPN Web portal does not require that you have the UNCG image on your computer.
  • If your machine was not migrated to the General Computing Network (GCN), you may use the VPN Web portal to access your GCN Home Directory (Spartan Drive) or Departmental Directory.



  1. Go to the SSL VPN web site: http://sslvpn.uncg.edu
    Note: If you are in an ITS computer lab, you must use FireFox to access the SSL VPN web site.
  2. You will be redirected to one of two load balanced VPN appliances. A host scan will be performed on your computer to determine your operating system.
  3. Once the scan is complete, your computer will be inspected for a keystroke logger.
  4. If no keystroke logger is detected, you will receive the message below. Click Proceed to continue.
    No key stroke logger detected.
    Note: If a keystroke logger (or suspected keystroke logger) is found, it will be identified and presented to you in a list. Many peripheral devices such as Bluetooth and usb devices will be detected as keystroke loggers. Therefore, it is at the user's discretion to select the suspected keystroke logger and continue to logon. We advise that all users be wary if using public computers/kiosks or computers outside of your control. Your username and password can be compromised if a true keystroke logger is present. If you are unsure about the validity of the suspected keystroke logger, then it is recommended that you cancel the authentication and not logon.
  5. The next window will verify that a cache cleaner has successfully been installed. This application removes records of any websites, cookies, or information that may be stored in the browser that was associated with the web portal session upon logging out. Information present in the browser before or after external to the web portal session will be unaffected.
    Cache cleaner installation successful.
  6. On the login screen, select UNCG-General-Computing-Network from the drop-down menu next to Group. Then enter your UNCG Username and Password and click Login.
    Login screen
  7. Click Continue to accept the UNCG access message.
    UNCG Access Message
  8. You are now logged into the UNCG SSL VPN Portal. The next section describes the various services available through the web portal.

VPN Web Portal Services

Using the VPN web portal, you can access General Computing Network (GCN) drives, browse Web sites, establish a VNC connection, establish an SSH connection, or use Remote Desktop.

Access General Computing Network (GCN) Drives

The portal can be used to access your Home Directory (Spartan Drive) or Departmental Directory. To access your Home or Departmental directory, click the appropriate link under File Bookmarks.
File Bookmarks for Personal or Dept Directories
For example, if you click your SpartanDriveHomeDirectory, you will see the personal files and folders that you have stored there. You may click on a folder to open it. You may click on a file to open or save it to your hard drive.
Home directory

Browse Web Sites

To browse internal and external web sites, type the web address of the site you want to visit in the Address field of the portal.
Web site access
Note: If you type the web address in the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser field, then you will be navigated away from the portal.

VNC Connections

  1. Select VNC Connections in the left panel or select vnc:// from the Address pull-down menu.
  2. Enter the name of the device you want to connect to and click Browse.
    VNC connection
  3. A Java applet will run. Notice the 4 buttons in the upper-right corner. These icons serve as navigation tools within the portal.
    VNC navigation icons
    Double-arrow: Moves the icons to the upper-left corner if preferred.
    Sign/arrow: (Go To Address) Opens another address field used to navigate to a new web site within the portal.
    Home: Takes you back to the portal home page.
    Red X: Logs you out of the portal.
  4. A connection to the host will be established.
    Connecting status box
  5. Enter your VNC Authentication password and click OK.
    VNC Authentication dialog box
  6. You can now utilize the established VNC session. To logout, click Disconnect and utilize the navigation buttons to return to the portal home.

SSH Connections

  1. Select Telnet/SSH Servers in the left panel or select ssh:// from the Address pull-down menu.
  2. Enter the name of the device you want to connect to and click Browse.
    Telnet/SSH Servers connection
  3. A Java applet will run. Enter your User name and Password and click Login.
    SSH Authorization required
  4. You now have direct SSH access to the selected host. Type Exit to terminate this connection and utilize the navigation buttons to return to the portal home.

Remote Desktop

  1. Select Remote Desktop in the left panel or select rdp2:// from the Address pull-down menu.
  2. Enter the name of the device you want to connect to and click Browse.
    Remote Desktop connection
  3. A Java applet will run. You can now use the established remote desktop session. To logout, click Disconnect under the Start menu and utilize the navigation buttons to return to the portal home.