Network Connect (VPN): Install and Use

Windows    Macintosh    Linux

What

Network Connect, or NetConnect, is the part of the Connect2 VPN that makes your remote machine look like it is a local (to the engineering network) machine. You can run the Connect2 VPN and start Network Connect from a browser, or you can start Network Connect and then a program that needs that local connection, such as Remote Desktop, without having to open a browser.

There are 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions of Network Connect available on the ECS download site.

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The steps are the same on all 3 platforms: connect to the download site, download the necessary file, install it, run NetConnect, then sign out. Platform-specific information follows.

Windows

Download and Install

To download the correct version of NetConnect, you must know if you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. Go to Start and choose Control Panel. Once in the control panel, click System and Security, then choose System (if your Control Panel view is by Category), or choose System (if your Control Panel view is all settings). In the middle of the resulting screen in the System section, find your system type.

Go to the ECS download page, which requires authentication with your Engineering login ID and password. Select the file NetConnect-win32.exe for 32-bit machines, or NetConnect-win64.exe for 64-bit machines. When prompted, choose Run and click Allow whenever you are prompted with that choice.            

Run

Launch the Network Connect application. It opens a small window which has a box at the top titled "Sign-in Page:" that looks like a web browser location bar. In that box enter https://connect2.engineering.uiowa.edu and press the Go button. You will next see a VPN login window.

Login with your engineering account and password. You may get prompted to allow Juniper Systems to make changes on your hard drive; choose Accept. You may then be prompted about using the software; choose Always. You will then have been successfully logged in. The Network Connect application will have closed but if you re-open it, you will see that you are connected. You do not have to have the Network Connect application open in order to stay connected.

Sign out

When you are done with your session and have closed any active shares, RDP sessions, etc., press the Sign out button in the Network Connect application. If you do not have a Network Connect application running, run the application and choose sign out.

Macintosh

Download and Install

Go to the ECS download page,  which requires authentication with your Engineering login ID & password. Select the file NetConnect-Mac.dmg and save it to a file on your Mac.

After the download completes, double click on the NetConnect-Mac.dmg file. It opens a virtual disk containing an installer called "NetworkConnect.pkg". Double-click on that installer and follow the instructions.

When the installation is complete, you will have Network Connect in your Applications folder. You can delete the installer and the .dmg file.

Run

Launch the Network Connect application. It opens a small window which has a box at the top titled "Sign in at:" that looks like a web browser location bar. In that box enter https://connect2.engineering.uiowa.edu and press the CONNECT button. You will next see a VPN login window.

Login with your engineering account and password. You should get connected to the VPN, changing to an active session window telling you that you are connected to connect2.engineering.uiowa.edu with a session timer and a Sign out button. You need to leave Network Connect active during the time you're connected, but you can minimize it to get it off your desktop.

Sign out

When you're done with your session and have closed out any active shares, RDP sessions, etc., press the Sign out button in the Network Connect application.

Linux

Go to the ECS download page, which requires authentication with your Engineering login ID and password.

Select the file NetConnect-Linux-i386.rpm. Save the file and use the RPM installer to install NetConnect. Click Allow whenever you are prompted with the choice to allow installation or modification.

Help

For help installing or using Network Connect, talk to the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 1253 SC, 319-335-5055.