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
There are two ways to install the VPN: using BigFix Self-Service (Windows) or JAMF Self Service (Mac) on a Wharton managed computer, or downloading the client and installing it manually following the directions below. The main difference between the two methods is that installations via the two Self-Service options will not prompt you for your administrative password. If you follow the manual download and install instructions you'll need to have an administrative password to complete the installation.
If BigFix or JAMF is installed on your computer, it is a Wharton-managed machine.
Wharton Managed Computers: Self-Service
You can install the latest version of the VPN on Wharton Managed computers using either BigFix or JAMF self-service. This will install the VPN on your computer without the need of an admin password. However, keep two things in mind:
- If you have an open VPN session when running the installation via BigFix, that session will be disconnected.
- Once the installation is complete you will have to reboot before you can re-launch Forticlient and re-connect.
To install on a Wharton managed Windows computer:
- Click the BigFix icon in your system tray click on the lower right hand side of the screen.
- This will bring up In the BigFix catalog. Click on the Forticlient 7.07 upgrade package listed in the catalog.
- Click Get and BigFix will download and install the VPN in the background.
- Reboot to finish the installation and connect to the VPN.
To install on a Wharton Managed Mac:
- In your dock click on the JAMF Self Service icon. If the JAMF icon isn't in your Dock use Spotlight (<command>+<space> to search for Self Service).
- This will bring up the JAMF Self Service catalog. Click on Install under the FortiEMS 7.07 package.
- JAMF installs the VPN client. You will need to reboot to complete the installation and connect to the VPN.
Manual Download and Install
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 PennKey Username and Password and click Log in. Note: your version of the client may look slightly different from the screenshot below.
- You'll be prompted for your PennKey Two-Step verification. Provide it as you usually do.
- 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 PennKey Username and Password. Click Log In.
- You'll be prompted for your PennKey Two-Step verification. Provide it as you usually do.After a few moments the VPN will connect and this window will automatically close.
Launching the VPN on a Mac:
- 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 Connect to Wharton Users.
2. Enter your PennKey Username and Password. Click Log In.
You'll be prompted for your PennKey Two-Step verification. Provide it as you usually do.After a few moments the VPN will connect and this window will automatically close.
Contact your Wharton Computing representative.