Wharton's virtual computing offerings differ depending on whether you are a student, or faculty and staff.
Students do not have access to the VPN and should use the Virtual Lab client to access the Wharton public computers instead.
Faculty and Staff
The Forticlient gives you access to secured Wharton resources from off campus. Use the link below to download the client for your operating system of choice (Linux, Mac, or Windows) and then follow the instructions on the tabs to install.
Before You Start
You will need the following before you can complete this task:
- an active Wharton account
- admin access to your devices
- access to the Internet
Downloading the Forticlient by going to:
Click on the folder of your computer's operating system to download the appropriate client. Most people should install the x86 version.
- Once the download is complete double click on the Client Installer and the window below will appear.
- Keep the default location and click “Next.”
- Click “Install."
- A progress bar will appear indicating the installation progress; once the installation is completed click “Finish” to exit the installer.
Now you’re ready to use the VPN.
- Double click on the disk image you downloaded via the link above.
- The window to the right will appear. Double click on the “Install” icon.
- The installer will launch. Click on “Continue.”
- Click “Continue” to accept the Software License.
- They really want to be sure that you agree to the Software License. Click “Agree” to continue.
- Click “Install” and the installation process starts.
You’ll be asked for the password to your Mac in the next screen, so be sure to have that handy.
- Enter your Mac user account password here. Note that the account you’re using to install the client must have administrative rights on your Mac. If the install fails contact your LSP.
Click “Install Software.”
- A progress bar will appear indicating the installation progress; once the installation is completed click “Close” to exit the installer.
Now you’re ready to connect with your newly installed VPN client.
- The Linux installer is compressed, so after you download the file using the link above you have to uncompress it using the following commands where “filename” is replaced with the name of the installer:
tar -xvf filenamexyz.tar
- By default installer extracts to a directory named forticlientsslvpn.
Change your path to that folder and run the install shell script by typing:
./fortisslvpn.sh &This installs the Forticlient and starts the first run experience. You’ll see the information dialog at the right appear. Click “OK.”
- The License is displayed. Feel free to read it.
Click “Agree” to continue.
- The Forticlient needs to configure your system to function, and to do this it requires your root password.
Enter the password and click “OK.”
- Now you need to configure a default VPN connection. Enter the following information into the fields:
- Server: https://cpa-vpn.wharton.upenn.edu
- Port: 443
- User: Your Wharton username
- Password: Your Wharton password
- Leave the Certificate and final Password field blank.
A warning may appear telling you that the certificate for the SSLVPN server is invalid. If this message appears click “Continue” as it can safely be ignored.
- A warning may appear telling you that the certificate for the SSLVPN server is invalid. If this message appears click “Continue” as it can safely be ignored.
- A VPN connection is established and a Connection status window will appear.
Click “Stop” to disconnect.