Connect to IU's SSL VPN with Pulse Secure on an iOS device

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Overview

To connect to Indiana University's SSL VPN on an iOS device, use the Pulse Secure app.

Notes:
Important:
  • Use the IU VPN only under one of these conditions:
    • If you are trying to access a service you can't get to another way.
    • If your IT Pro has told you that you need to use it.

    Generally, you won't need to use the VPN if you are a student. For example, you don't need a VPN connection to:

    • Use learning tools, such as Canvas, Zoom, or Kaltura.
    • Read your IU email over the web.
    • Work with your files in Microsoft OneDrive at IU or Google at IU My Drive.
  • If you have difficulty with the VPN: Try using IUanyWare (doesn't require a VPN connection).

    For example, you can use IUanyWare's Remote Desktop Connection app to remote into a device on campus. Additionally, IUanyWare's Chrome browser allows you to access sites as if you were on campus.

    In IUanyWare, search the available apps to find what may be helpful.

  • On the IU network: You cannot connect to the VPN, as it is for off-campus use only.

    If you receive a 1329 error when attempting to connect to the VPN, try connecting using a non-eduroam or non-IU Secure connection.

  • To ensure accountability of network communication, the University Information Policy Office prohibits group accounts from connecting to IU's SSL VPN. To make a VPN connection, you must log in using your personal IU username and passphrase.
  • For general VPN usage, you can connect one device at a time. If you connect a second device while you already have a connection running to another device, you'll see a prompt asking whether you want to maintain the existing connection and cancel the new connection request, or break the existing connection and establish a new connection. Groups VPN users can connect two devices concurrently.

Install the app

Pulse Secure for iOS is available from the App Store. To install it, search for pulse secure or, on your iOS device, use Safari to go directly to Pulse Secure on the App Store.

Note:
Pulse Secure does not support USB security keys for authentication using Two-Step Login (Duo). For alternative device options, see Two-Step Login (Duo) device recommendations.

Configure the connection

The first time you open Pulse Secure, follow the instructions on the screen. It may ask you to enable the app, to accept a license agreement, or to uninstall Junos Pulse (an older VPN client that no longer works at Indiana University).

The URL for the IU SSL VPN server is https://vpn.iu.edu/.

For other settings, use the defaults.

Note:

If you use the IU Groups VPN or Health Sciences Network (HSN) VPN, add an additional connection using the appropriate URL:

  • Groups VPN: https://vpn.iu.edu/groups
  • HSN VPN: https://vpn.iu.edu/hsn

For more about these VPNs, see:

Connect and disconnect

To connect to the IU SSL VPN:

  1. Open Pulse Secure, and then tap Connect.
  2. Enter your IU username and passphrase.
  3. In the "Secondary Password" field, enter one of the following:
    • A passcode (for example, 123456): Generated by Duo Mobile, an SMS text, or a single-button hardware token
    • push: Sends a push login request to the Duo Mobile app on your primary smartphone or tablet
    • phone: Calls your primary phone number (whether mobile phone or landline)
    • sms: Sends a new SMS passcode to your primary device; once you receive the passcode via SMS, enter it into the "Secondary Password" field.
      Important:
      Entering sms will cause the initial login to fail with a "Credentials were invalid. Please try again." error message. However, you also will receive a text message with a passcode to enter in the "Secondary Password" field.
      Note:
      If you have more than one device of a certain type registered (such as a second smartphone or tablet), you can add a number to the end of your secondary password to direct login requests to a particular device (for example, push2 will send a login request to your second phone; phone3 will call your third phone).
  4. If you receive a certificate error when you connect, from Safari on your iOS device, download and install the certificate.

  5. Tap Sign In.

When the VPN connection is established, you can switch to other apps, and the VPN connection will remain active. To disconnect from the VPN, open Pulse Secure, and then tap Disconnect.

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Last modified on 2021-09-21 15:59:12.