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To log into the secure Fredonia General (Web) VPN Service

NOTE: This VPN service is used to remotely access University computing resources (e.g. desktop computer) etc.

1. Using the web browser on your computer, browse to the URL

2. When you are prompted for your eServices I.D. and password:

  • In the  field, type your eServices I.D.
  • In the Password field, type your password.

3. Select Login.
The Fredonia Web VPN will redirect your web browser to the Fredonia SSL VPN web portal home page automatically.

Fredonia General (Web) VPN Service Portal Overview
After logging in to the web portal, the remote user is presented with a web portal page similar to the following:

Various widgets provide the web portal’s features

  • Session Information displays the elapsed time since login and the volume of HTTP and HTTPS traffic, both inbound and outbound.
  • Quick Connection enables you to connect to network resources without using or creating a bookmark.
  • Bookmarks provides links to network resources. 
  • When you have finished using the web portal, select the Logout button in the top right corner of the portal window.

The Quick Connection Tool widget enables a user to connect to a resource when it isn’t a predefined bookmark

You can connect to any type of host without adding a bookmark to the Bookmarks list. The fields in the Quick
Connection Tool enable you to specify the type of server and the URL or IP address of the host computer.
See the following procedures:

To connect to a web server

1. In Type, select HTTP/HTTPS.
2. In the Host field, type the URL of the web server.
For example: or
3. Select Launch.
4. To end the session, close the browser window.

NOTE: You need to conduct all VPN tasks within the VPN tab on your broswer. For example, if you are trying to access a web resource that is only accessible on-campus then you need to launch the website using the HTTP/HTTPS URL field within the VPN. 

To start an SSH session

1. In Type, select SSH.
2. In the Host field, type the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or IP address of the SSH host.
3. Select Launch.
A login window opens.
4. Select Connect.
A SSH session starts and you are prompted to log in to the remote host. You must have a user account to log in.
After you log in, you may enter any series of valid commands at the system prompt.
5. To end the session, select Disconnect (or type exit) and then close the SSH connection window.

To start an Remote Desktop (RDP) session

1. In Type, select RDP.
2. In the Host field, type the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or IP address of the RDP host.

To find you Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or full computer name (e.g.

Mac OS X

  1. Click on the Apple Menu.
  2. Select System Preferences....
  3. Click on Sharing.
  4. Your computer name will be listed at the top of the window that opens.

Microsoft Windows 7 & 10

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Right-click on Computer.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Your full computer name will be listed near the bottom of the window that opens under "Computer name, domain, and workgrouop settings".

    NOTE: You may also type the IP address in the Host field instead of using the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). Also see How to Find Your Computer Name

3. To log in to the remote host, type your Username (e.g. ad\eService I.D.) and password. You must have a user account on the remote
host to log in. Note that the user name should be entered in the format above.
4. Select Launch. A login window opens.
5. Select Login.
6. To end the RDP session, Log out of Windows or select Cancel from the Logon window.

To start a VNC session

1. In Type, select VNC.
2. In the Host field, type the IP address of the VNC host.
3. Select Launch.
A login window opens.
4. Type your user name and password when prompted to log in to the remote host.
You must have a user account on the remote host to log in.
5. Select OK.
If you need to send Ctrl-Alt-Delete in your session, press F8, then select Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete from the pop-up
6. To end the VNC session, close the VNC window.


Mac users who use the web client to connect to their University Mac computer will need to set up a VNC password under the Sharing preference pane in System Preferences:

System Preferences > Sharing > Remote Management > Computer Settings > Check box for "VNC viewers may control screen with password" and enter a password
(There is an 8 character limit for that password)

When connecting to a Mac from the Web client, the user will pick Quick Connection > VNC > enter the computer name followed by and will also need to enter the VNC password from the previous step.

Adding bookmarks:

  1. Select Create New Bookmark and enter the following information:
    1. Category Select a category, or group, to include the bookmark. 
    2. If this is the first bookmark added, you will be prompted to add a category. 
    3. Otherwise, select Create from the drop-down list. 
    4. Name Enter a name for the bookmark. 
    5. Type Select the type of link from the drop-down list. 
    6. Provide a description.
  2. Click Save


If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the ITS Service Center that can be contacted through email at ITSservicecenter@fredonia.eduFREDquest, phone, or by a visit to the ITS Service Center office. The office is located at W203 Thompson, on the 2nd Floor. Phone: (716) 673-3407.

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