VPN Access

All members of Fulda University can set up a secure (encrypted) connection with the network of Fulda University and the Internet by using VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPN only runs in “full tunnel mode”. On starting the VPN connection, all data transfer – also your other private data – runs via Fulda University’s VPN infrastructure.


Some IT resources (e.g. home drives, library data bases, etc,) at Fulda University are only available on Fulda University’s Intranet. In order to use these resources outside Fulda University (e.g. at home, at conferences or conventions at other institutions etc.) you need VPN.

You connect to our VPN server, authenticate yourself as a member of Fulda University by entering your user name and password and, from this time on, your computer – albeit no physical part of Fulda University’s network – counts as part of the university network.


For VPN access, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • PC that is connected to Fulda University’s WLAN or – outside the university – a functioning Internet connection.
    • The operating system should be up to date.
    • An up-to-date virus scanner should be installed on your PC.
  • You need a valid Novell account (i.e. an fd number) for authentication.
  • The web-based installation requires an Internet browser, e.g. Firefox (with Java) or IE (with ActiveX).

As a rule, you don’t need VPN if you:

  • are already in the network of Fulda University (LAN or WLAN)
  • are using a PV pool at Fulda University
  • want to send emails using your university email address


Please keep in mind that Fulda University of Applied Sciences does not offer support for non-university hardware. It is also not liable for any damage that could occur to your hardware.

Instructions for Windows

To establish a VPN access on your Windows device, please follow these instructions.


The VPN client can be installed under Windows using an automatic web installation or manually. You can first try the web installation. If this fails, please use the manual installation instructions.

Note: The AnyConnect client can only be downloaded, installed and used in the WLAN of the Fulda University of Applied Sciences or outside of the university.
If you receive the message during installation: The VPN client agent was unable to create the interprocess communication depot the service Internet connection sharing may be running. Press the Windows key and R at the same time. Start the service management by entering „services.msc“ in the window that opens and confirming with return. In the now open window you can start, stop and (de) activate services. Find and stop the Internet Connection Sharing service. If you do not need the service, you can also deactivate it directly.

First download the AnyConnect client from our Downloadseite , save the file on your computer and unzip it. Change to the folder where you extracted the archive and start the file setup.exe with a double click. Confirm the security warning by clicking Yes .

The installation wizard is displayed and allows you to select the components to be installed. Please select only the components Core & VPN and Start Before Login . Then click on Install selected .

Please install only the components shown

Now confirm the license agreement and click Accept again.

The installation is now complete.

After a successful installation, there is still no VPN connection to the university. To establish a VPN connection, see Establishing a connection.
To establish a VPN connection after successfully installing the Cisco AnyConnect Client, proceed as follows:

Open the Cisco AnyConnect Client (Start → Cisco AnyConnect Client)

Enter the address of the VPN server ( ) in the window that is now displayed and then click Connect .

In the following window, enter your access data (fd number and associated password) and select the group HS-Fulda-SSL-VPN . Then click OK to establish the VPN connection.

After a successful connection establishment, this is displayed in the AnyConnect Client window. You can also see the AnyConnect symbol in the task bar.

You can now close the AnyConnect window. The connection to the VPN remains until you end it manually.

To end an existing VPN connection, proceed as follows.

Right click on the AnyConnect icon in the system tray and select VPN Disconnect .

Alternatively, you can open the AnyConnect Client via the start menu and click Disconnect .

docs/vpn-english.txt · Zuletzt geändert: 12.05.2020 10:33 von Udo Muecke