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The new HCI VPN solution is based on Cisco's AnyConnect technology and can be used with different browser types on Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android-based devices.
 
Getting connected to HCI remote sessions via HCI-VPN involves two steps:  1-getting the Cisco Anywhere VPN client installed on your PC at home.  2-creating a shortcut to the remote session or desktop PC at HCI you'd like to connect to.
 
Step 1 - Installing the Cisco AnyConnect plugin.
 
(Note - depending on the type of browser you use, AnyConnect will utilize different options to connect.  For Interenet Explorer, Active X is employed.  For other browsers,  Java Runtime Environment (JRE) will need to be installed.)
 
A.  Use your browser at home to navigate to https://hci-vpn.hci.utah.edu
 
B.  When presented with the login page, enter your HCI username and password.
 
C.  AnyConnect will detect what browser you are using and will install the appropriate software accordingly.  Note - if you are using a Windows 7 PC at home, this will require some software to be installed with Administrator rights.
 
D.  The AnyConnect installation may involve a number of steps.  This is normal.
 
 
Step 2 - Creating a VPN shortcut on your Home PC desktop
 
A.  On the desktop, right-click and select New - Shortcut
 
B.  In the window that says "Type the location of the item", enter https://hci-vpn.hci.utah.edu and then Next
 
C.  In the next window, give the shortcut a name, eg, HCI-VPN, then  Finish
 
 
 
Step 3 - Creating a Remote Desktop connection to Huntsman shortcut on your Home PC desktop
 
A.  On the desktop, right-click and select New - Shortcut
 
B.  In the window that says "Type the location of the item", enter MSTSC.EXE and then Next
 
C.  In the next window, give the shortcut a name, eg, "HCI Desktop 2010", or "My Work PC" then  Finish
 
D.  Double-click on the shortcut created in the steps above.  (NOTE: to access PCs or PC sessions within Huntsman from outside the HCI network you'll need to have the VPN connection established.)
 
E.  In the "Computer" window, enter either your work PC's name (eg, H008765) or HCI-REMOTE.HCI.UTAH.EDU (if you're connecting to the shared session server HCI Desktop 2010), then select Connect.
 
F.  In the next window "Enter your credentials", enter your username in the form "HCI\uNID", eg HCI\u0123456 and your password, and select OK.  The connectioin to your PC or the shared PC session server should begin.
 
G.  If you're connecting to the HCI Desktop 2010 shared session server, you'll get a security message about "The identify of the remote computer cannot be verified..."  This is normal.  Click on the check box "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer" and select "Yes".