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SSL VPN from Internet Explorer

SSL VPN from Internet Explorer

Overview

The SSL VPN is a core component for managing your Enterprise Cloud environment. The SSL VPN provides you with a secure encrypted connection over port 443 between your local PC and the Enterprise Cloud network where your servers reside. A VPN connection is required to establish a secure Remote Desktop or Secure Shell connection to your servers for server administration within the guest operating system. While known as Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network (for historical reasons), the Virtual Private Network actually uses Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is a more modern security protocol.

Establishing a VPN Connection from Internet Explorer

The procedure differs between first time use and subsequent use.

Note: To ensure access, *.cmas.ibm.com should be added to Trusted Sites. See How do I add Infinicenter Console as a Trusted Site? for instructions.

First Time Use

Note: If you receive the message: "There is a problem with this website's security certificate," click Continue to this website (not recommended).

  1. Click Environments.
  2. Select an Environment.
  3. Click Devices.
  4. Click VPN Connect.
  5. Click Connect Now.
  6. The first time you use VPN Connect, Internet Explorer will open a new window to install an ActiveX control.

  7. Click the alert and permit the window to open.
  8. Click the alert and Install the ActiveX control.
  9. Note: You may need to follow from step 3 again after the ActiveX control has been successfully installed.

    The SSL VPN client downloads and installs on your local PC.

Note:

  • Download, installation, and configuration can take a few minutes.
  • If you receive the security alert "This page requires a secure connection which includes server authentication" during installation, click Yes to proceed.
  • Your web browser may prompt you for your user name and password for the SSL VPN Client. DO NOT CLOSE THIS WINDOW - it will close automatically once your client has established a secure connection.

When the VPN client installation completes, it authenticates and establishes your connection; you will receive a "Connection Established" message and the SSL VPN client icon, , appears in your system tray.

Note: The SSL VPN client does not automatically disconnect when you end your session. Right click on the icon, , in your system tray and click Disconnect to disconnect your SSL VPN session.

Subsequent Use

Note: If you receive the message: "There is a problem with this website's security certificate," click Continue to this website (not recommended).

  1. Click Environments.
  2. Select an Environment.
  3. Click Devices.
  4. Click VPN Connect.
  5. Click Connect Now.
  6. The SSL VPN client authenticates and establishes your connection.

Note: Your web browser may prompt you for your user name and password for the SSL VPN Client. DO NOT CLOSE THIS WINDOW - it will close automatically once your client has established a secure connection.

When the VPN connection has successfully establishes, you will receive a "Connection Established" message and the SSL VPN client icon, , appears in your system tray.

Note: The SSL VPN client does not automatically disconnect when you end your session. Right click on the icon, , in your system tray and click Disconnect to disconnect your SSL VPN session.

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