The Wharton VPN gives faculty and staff access to secured Wharton resources from off campus; the Wharton Virtual Lab client allows students to use the public computers from off campus.
Before You Start
You will need:
- to be either a Faculty, Staff or PhD student at Wharton
- MBA and Undergraduate students should use the Virtual Lab client
- an active Wharton account
- access to the Internet
- administrative access to your devices
Download the VPN client (FortiClient)
- Download Forticlient from: https://vpnclient.wharton.upenn.edu
- Click on the folder of your computer's operating system to download the appropriate client.
Windows Users: Most people using Windows should install the x64 version.
Install and Configure FortiClient
After you have successfully downloaded FortiClient, follow the instructions for your Operating System to install it.
- Once the download is complete, double-click on the installer and the window below will appear. Check Yes, I have read and accept the License Agreement and then click Next.
- 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 connect to the VPN.
- Double click on the disk image you downloaded via the link above.
- Double click on the Install icon.
- The installer will launch. Click Continue.
- Click Continue to accept the Software License.
- Click Agree to continue.
- Click Install to start the installation process.
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 to 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 to the VPN.
- The Linux installer is compressed, so after you download the file using the link above you have to expand 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 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 and click Connect.
- 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.
Connecting to the VPN
There are two ways to connect to the Wharton VPN using Windows: launching it from the System Tray, or by using the FortiClient console.
- Click on the FortiClient icon in the System Tray.
Click on Connect to Wharton Users from the menu.
- The VPN authentication dialog will appear. Enter your Wharton Username and Password and click Connect. Note: your version of the client may look slightly different from the screenshot below.
- After a few moments the VPN will connect and this window will automatically close.
Using the Console
- Click on the FortiClient icon in the Start Menu.
- Enter your Wharton Username and Password. Click Connect. After a few moments the VPN will connect and this window will automatically close.
Launching the VPN on a Mac:
- The FortiClient installs a menu bar item on your Mac so you can easily connect to the VPN.
Click on the FortiClient icon in the menu bar and then click on Wharton Users.
- The FortiClient authentication window appears.
Enter your Wharton username and password and click Connect.
- Once the VPN connects, a notification will appear for few seconds and then go away.
Contact your Wharton Computing representative.