VPN

VPN installation and use

WHAT IS VPN?

Through a secure (encrypted) connection, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) enables you to gain access to Aalborg University’s systems from your own home or from anywhere else in the world.

Before you can use VPN you have to register at mfa.aau.dk.

  • You have to do this registration while you are connected to the AAU's network.
  • You have to do it BEFORE the installation of VPN.

You can always gain access to your webmail without using VPN, however, VPN enables you to access files and other services which are usually only accessible on AAU’s network.

VPN and 2-factor authentication

VPN uses 2-factor authentication

  • The first factor is your AAU email address and password,
  • The second factor you choose on mfa.aau.dk, where you logon with your AAU email address and password

Read more about 2-factor authentication and how to set it up here.

Installation

If your AAU computer uses the standard installation, the VPN client is already installed and you do not need to install it yourself.

If you need to install VPN on a computer, follow these steps:

  • Use Internet Explorer (the installation might fail in other browsers)
  • Visit https://ssl-vpn1.aau.dk/
  • Log on using your AAU email address and password.
  • Write the passcode, which you received from mfa.aau.dk. (You have to do the setup on mfa.aau.dk BEFORE you can use VPN and you have to do it from AAU's network.
    Read more about 2-factor authentication and how to set it up here.

The installation is almost automatic and you will probably be able to complete the installation without referring to our guides. However, you will find a step-by-step guide in the right hand menu.

Once you have installed VPN on your computer, you no longer need to access the network via the website; instead, you can gain access through the shortcut to Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

Login

Start Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client by clicking at the Windows Start Button in the lower left hand corner. Find it in the menu or start typing the name cisco.

  • Click at the Connect button.
  • Write the following:
    username@department.aau.dk* or
    username@student.aau.dk and your password
    * Staff members at the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences must replace department with id.
  • In a new popup window you can write the passcode, which you received from mfa.aau.dk.
     Read more about 2-factor authentication and how to set it up here.