SSL VPN Connections

Connection instructions:

Windows: (Internet Explorer)
Open Internet Explorer and head to
http://www.softlayer.com/vpn-access.

Once you have entered your username and password you will be prompted to install an ActiveX plug-in. You must install this plug-in in order to be able to connect to your backend network. You must also have administrative rights on your workstation in order to install the ActiveX plug-in. If you do not have rights to install the plug-in, ask your local System Administrator to install it for you. Once the ActiveX plug-in is installed, an Array SSL VPN network connector will launch and establish a connection to the VPN device. If successful, a red 'A' will appear in your task bar. You may click on the 'A' at any time to see the status of your SSL VPN connection like status, assigned IP address, assigned DNS servers, network routes, and time connected. You may minimize your browser session at any time and continue to use other applications securely on the private network. Once you are finished you can disconnect by clicking on the disconnect button to the right or simply close the window.

Linux Fedora: (FireFox)

  • Recommended that you run all commands as root. (setuid root)
  • Download java from http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp - Linux (self-extracting file)
  • Close FireFox.
  • Move the file to where you want to install java (/usr/local)
  • Make the file executable - chmod +x jre-6u1-linux-i586.bin
  • Run the installer - ./jre-6u1-linux-i586.bin
  • Agree to the terms and install.
  • Once it is finished installed you must now create a symlink.

example:
cd /usr/lib/firefox-1.0.4/plugins/
ln -s /usr/local/jre-6u1/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so .

  • Open up Firefox and go to http://www.softlayer.com/vpn-access.
  • Login with your portal username and password
  • Once connected click on the network tab
  • You should see a connect/install button - click on it and you should be prompted to install a java component.
  • Let the component install the default path, you might have to manually create it. (/usr/local/array_vpn)
  • After it is installed it should pop up a windows that says you are connected
  • This window must remain open to utilize the VPN tunnel, you man minimize it.
  • To test ping 10.0.80.11 or your server's private address and if you get a reply you are successfully connected.
  • When you are finished, you may click on the disconnect button under the 'network' tab or simply close all of your browser windows.

Example uses of the SSL VPN connection.

  • Remote Desktop to your server's backend IP address (10.4.X.X) for administration of your Windows 2003 servers.
  • SSH to your server's backend IP address (10.4.X.X) for administering your UNIX servers.
  • Use an IPMI client to control your server using the backend IPMI address (10.4.X.X). You can download the IPMI client tool once connected by going to http://downloads.service.softlayer.com.
    Note: IPMIView requires Java to be installed.  http://www.sun.com/java/
  • Testing your website on the backend IPs before you make them live on your public IPs.
  • File transfer of secure data between your server(s) and your home/office.
  • Backup of configuration files your server(s) to your home/office.
  • Securely connect to our Web Portal at http://manage.service.softlayer.com.