In order to work from outside the LCNI network, you will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. VPN is a technology that enables a secure connection from your computer to our network. As such, it allows your computer to act as if it were part of the internal LCNI network, with all the access you would expect from actually being on-site.
The VPN software used is the Cisco AnyConnect Client, which establishes the secure connection for all network traffic from your off-campus computer to the LCNI network.
If Cisco AnyConnect client is already installed on your computer, that is, you have access to the UO VPN, no further installation is necessary. Just direct the client to the LCNI URL, uovpn.uoregon.edu/lcni. See images below for examples using the Windows and OS X clients. Once you press the Select button, you will be prompted for your LCNI credentials. Note that these are not necessarily the same as your DuckID credentials.
Windows 7 AnyConnect Client
OS X AnyConnect Client
If you've never installed AnyConnect, follow the procedure below.
- Visit https://uovpn.uoregon.edu or https://uovpn.uoregon.edu/lcni. This will produce a logon window. If you use the first link, enter your DuckID credentials. If you use the second link, enter the user name and password of your LCNI account. Follow through with any prompts that are presented.
- A secure green O icon will appear in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (OS X), see images below. In some cases, this will actually be a connection to the main UO VPN, not the LCNI VPN. To check, click on the O icon and select "Bring AnyConnect to Front". Look in the "Connected to" field to see the UO endpoint. If the last part is not "lcni", then press Disconnect and add "/lcni" to the end of "uovpn.uoregon.edu".
- You now have access to LCNI resources as if you were inside the network.
If the browser-based installation does not work, the installation fails or presents a "Java loading" progress bar forever, you may try manual installation. In the event of a failed installation, you will be presented with an appropriate link to download the software. An example of a failed web installation on LInux is shown below.
Follow this link and proceed to install AnyConnect.
On Linux, you may need to take additional steps to get the client working. If you get a message about the inability to confirm a secure connection, you can correct by creating symbolic links from the /usr/local/firefox directory:
root@vader:/mnt/sda1/usr/local# ls /usr/local/firefox/ -l total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 2012-10-31 08:39 libnspr4.so -> /usr/lib/libnspr4.so lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 19 2012-10-31 08:39 libnss3.so -> /usr/lib/libnss3.so lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 19 2012-10-31 08:39 libplc4.so -> /usr/lib/libplc4.so lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 2012-10-31 08:39 libsmime3.so -> /usr/lib/libsmime3.so root@vader:/mnt/sda1/usr/local#
Use of the Cisco AnyConnect Client
There are two ways to initiate a VPN connection. The first is to point your browser to https://uovpn.uoregon.edu/lcni, enter your LCNI credentials and press the submit button. The second is to open your AnyConnect client, enter your LCNI credentials and press the Select button. Only the latter works on Linux, whereas both methods work on Windows and OS X. You can find the AnyConnect client in the Applications folder on OS X and in the Programs menu on Windows. On Linux, the AnyConnect VPN Client is placed in the Applications menu, see below.
Once the VPN is set up, you will have full access to LCNI network resources. You will be able to ssh to compute nodes and the file server, transfer files and process data. VNC and X11 connections may be established as documented elsewhere in this knowledge base.
Note that the VPN will time out after a period of inactivity. To re-connect, just log in again using the AnyConnect client.
Active AnyConnect Icons
Windows 7 System Tray
Windows XP System Tray
OS X Menu Bar
Linux Menu Bar
Linux Menu Path to AnyConnect