SonicWall Global VPN Client

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Overview

The Global VPN Client is the windows based client which allow you to connect securely to your SonicWall firewall and to your internal Local Area Network (LAN)

You will first need to make sure that your network administrator (CTS's IT-staff) has configured your firewall for VPN access and created your user account credentials.

Typically the next step is to setup your desktop for remote desktop connectivity.

Once these steps are completed you will need to install the Global VPN Client.


Installing the Global VPN Client(GVC)

  1. Download & install the Global VPN Software from Global VPN Download
    • Follow the instructions and once installed continue at the step 2 to setup your connection.
  2. On first run you will be able to setup the connection(otherwise click on file - new)
  3. For the ip address
    • input the ip of the WAN interface of the sonicwall. (this can easily be provided to you by CTS' IT Staff)
  4. Then for connection name give
    • Enter a logical name like "MyCompany LAN"
  5. Click next
  6. If you would like to setup a desktop icon for this connection or to enable the connection once the application is launched.
    • Recommended to check the desktop ICON box
  7. Click finish
  8. Click enable
  9. You may be prompted for the preshared key at this point. input if needed
  10. input your username and password then click OK.
  11. Disable then enable the connection
  12. at this point you are being asked for your user name and password again. Please check the box to allow the client to save credentials
    • Your credentials will be saved, but you still need to save them in a secure place
    • You should also be aware that if you allow others to access your windows desktop they will now have access to the VPN connection.
    • It may also be possible that your network admin did not allow the caching or saving of credentials and that your will need to enter them each time a vpn connection is made.

Once Have Successfully established your VPN connection =

Once Have Successfully established your VPN connection you will typically need to create a Remote Desktop Connection to an office computer. Your network administrator should have already done the necessary configuration for this to work.

You will now need to setup the RDP Connection ICON and this connection will allow you to connect to your desktop.

Other users or networks may have client / server applications and all you will need to do is simply click on the application ICON and your application will connect to the server just as if you were in the office. But since the connection is over the internet, it may run considerably slower.

Remote Desktop Connection know as RDP

Remote desktop connections simply transmit the screen, keyboard and mouse inputs over the RDP session to your remote computer and thus you are simply taking control of your PC via the VPN / RDP session.

What your need to know to establish the RDP connection.

  1. The LAN IP-address associated with your office computer
  2. The complete login name: Usually
    • domain/login
    • ComputerName/login