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SSL VPN from Firefox

SSL VPN from Firefox

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.

Note:

Establishing a VPN Connection from Firefox

The procedure differs between first time use and subsequent use.

First Time Use

  1. Click Environments.
  2. Select an Environment.
  3. Click Devices.
  4. Click VPN Connect.
  5. Click Connect Now.
  6. A pop-up warning appears at the top of the browser window, depending upon your Firefox options.

  7. Click Options.
  8. Select Allow pop-ups.
  9. The Installation tab appears.

    Note: Depending upon your Firefox options, a new window may open.

    A request to allow Java to run appears, depending upon your Java options in Firefox.

  10. Click Allow.
  11. A request to allow Java to run appears, depending upon your Java options in Firefox.

  12. Click either choice for Allow.
  13. A request to install SSL VPN client appears.

  14. Click Run.
  15. 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

  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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