Quick Start Guide
Table of Contents
WHAT IS SSL VPN 3
SUPPORTED WEB BROWSERS 3
LOGGING INTO THE RU NETWORK & APPLICATIONS 3
ESTABLISHING A VPN CONNECTION 4
APPLICATIONS FOR LEFT NAVIGATION BAR 5
What is SSL VPN
Secure Socket Layer Virtual Private Network (SSLVPN) provides web-based remote access to
the Rockefeller University (RU) network, the Central File Store (CFS) or your desktop computer.
Advanced users can also use SSLVPN to establish remote connections to servers and
applications, only available on Windows based computers. SSLVPN provides best-practice
security. All communications between your remote system and the RU network takes place using
HTTPS, which is a secure, encrypted way of communicating privately over the Internet.
Supported Web browsers
To use SSLVPN, you will need to use one of the following supported browsers:
Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox on a Windows computer (Windows XP and newer)
Safari and Firefox on Mac OSX (Mac OSX 10.5.x and newer)
Built-in web browser on Linux and Solaris
Logging into the RU network & applications
Point your browser to http://sslvpn.rockefeller.edu and login with your e-mail username and
password. You will see the SSLVPN webtop, which consist of a navigation bar in the left pane
and a list of bookmarks or saved favorites to Rockefeller applications and internal Web sites in
the right pane.
Note: By logging into SSL VPN does not grant you access to internal resources such as CFS.
Users must click on VPN under the VPN Access section to establish the VPN connection.
Establishing a VPN Connection
To establish a VPN connection to the campus network to be able to gain access to internal
resources such as CFS:
Disable any pop-up blockers including those built into the web browser
A new window will open
If this is the first time connecting (or if a new version is available) install the plug-in by
following the instructions on screen.
Once the plug-in has been installed, close all browser windows
Relog back into SSL VPN
A new window will open and will make the connection. Once a successful connection
has been made, do not close this window. Users should minimize the window.
If you close this connection window or quit your browser, the VPN connection will
terminate. It is recommended to use two different web browsers (Internet Explorer
and Firefox or Safari and Firefox). Use one browers to establish a VPN connection
and the other to browse.
Applications for left navigation bar
The following is an overview of general applications as well as applications for advanced users
available from the left navigation bar of the SSLVPN home page. Detailed help and instructions
are available from the online Help Page, which can be accessed from the bottom of the left
navigation bar. Click the Home link under the Rockefeller logo to return to the home page.
(VPN) Network Access Connects you to the RU network and allows you to
access resources and applications that require a
Rockefeller IP address.
1. Click VPN from the right window pane of SSLVPN
2. Allow Active X, binary packages or other
applications to install If prompted.
3. Once connected, you may minimize the VPN
window. You can now access Rockefeller
Web Applications Links to internal sites on the Rockefeller Intranet.
Access sites in one of two different ways:
Enter the URL of the site in the Address field and
Click Web Applications from the right window
pane. Enter the URL of your site in the Address
field and click Go.
Note: if you have trouble accessing some internal
sites when using the Address field, follow these
o Launch the VPN application to establish a
o Open a new browser window.
o Enter the web address in the browser's
* To create a bookmark to and application, click Web
Applications > Edit > Create new favorite. Enter
site information and click Save.
Windows Files Allows you to remotely access, search and manage
your files on the university's Central File Store (CFS).
1. Click the Windows File Share icon.
2. Enter the direct path to your folder in the Go field
3. Enter your CFS username and password if
1. In the folder tree in the left menu main, Scroll
down to CFS
2. Select your share (ie: Home2,
3. Select your share
4. Enter your CFS username and password when
5. Click Add_to_favorites to create a bookmark to
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Windows Remote Allows you to remotely access your office PC, terminal server
Desktop or other shared machine on the Rockefeller network. This
only works from a Windows based computer. Users who use
SSL VPN from a non-Windows computer, such as a Mac, will
not be able to use Windows Remote Desktop.
1. Click Windows Remote Desktop.
2. Click the Direct Connect link under the Rockefeller logo.
3. Enter your settings.
To add a new item to your Favorites:
1. Click Favorites (upper right hand corner under Logout)
2. Click Edit
3. Click Create new favorite
4. Enter your settings
5. Click Add
To connect, click on your computer profile
App Tunnels Allows you to access TCP/IP client server applications located
behind the Rockefeller firewall. The client must be installed
on your remote computer.
Some AppTunnels have already been configured as Favorites
for you and are available from the home page. You may also
configure your own App Tunnels.
Tools Provides a link in the left navigation pane to system warnings
and status information about your current session.
Information Technology Help Desk, x8940 Updated 3/24/2011