Chemistry and Biochemistry

VPN Use Instructions

Read below for information about setting up a BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry virtual private network (VPN). Connection to the Chemistry Department's VPN comes with computer resources only available to users.

VPN Installation

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  1. Accessing the Chemistry Department VPN
    1. Within your browser of choice, travel to vpn1.chem.byu.edu.
    2. Log in to the website using a valid BYU Chemistry Department (BYU Net ID) account.
    3. Select the link to the installation programs for your computer's operating program (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows being options).
      • Connecting with Microsoft Windows 10:
        1. After selecting the link to the installation program, follow any prompts given by the program.
        2. Verify that your program has installed by checking that the "O" from the "OpenVPN logo" beside an "x" has appeared in your system's icon tray.
        3. Right-click on the icon in the icon tray and select "Connect to vpn1.chem.by.edu..."
        4. Log in to the website when prompted.
        5. Click "Yes" to accept VPN connection to the vpn1.chem.byu.ed server.
        6. Your computer should automatically connect to the downloaded VPN. Verify that your computer has connected by checking that the icon in the icon tray has a green check beside it.
        7. To disconnect from the VPN, right-click on the icon in the icon tray and select "Disconnect from vpn1.chem.byu.edu..."'
      • Connecting with Mac OS X:
        1. Click on the downloaded dmg file within the downloads tab.
        2. Double-click "OpenVPN Connect Installer.pkg."
          • If a pop-up appears saying that the file cannot be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, right-click the pkg file and click "Open."
          • If another pop-up appears saying that the file is from an unidentified developer, click "Open".
        3. Follow any prompts given by the installation program.
        4. Verify that your program has installed by checking that the "O" from the "OpenVPN logo" beside an "x" has appeared in your system's icon tray.
        5. Click on the icon in the icon tray and click "Connect to vpn1.chem.byu.edu."
        6. Click "Yes" when prompted to allow VPN connection to vpn1.chem.byu.edu.
        7. Log in to the program when prompted. Your computer should now automatically connect to the VPN.
      • Connect with Linux:
        1. Click the link "Yourself (user-locked profile)". A configuration file will download to your computer.
        2. Click to install the OpenVPN package and network manager plugin for OpenVPN.
          • In Ubuntu and most Debian-based distributions the command to install both packages is: sudo apt install openvpn network-manager-openvpn.
        3. Install any additional packages offered by the program by clicking "Yes" when prompted by the installation program.
          • Connect with KDE Plasma:
            1. Right-click on the Network Manager icon.
            2. Select "Configure Network Connections".
            3. From within the Connection editor, click "+" to add a new connection.
            4. Scroll to the bottom of the connection list and select "Import VPN Connection..." and click "Create."
            5. Open the user-locked profile file downloaded earlier. If prompted to save any VPN certificates, click "Yes."
            6. Uncheck the "Private Key Password" box.
              • At this time, you may also edit the VPN's name and log-in method.
            7. Click "OK" to save changes.
            8. Your computer should now connect automatically to the VPN. You may reconnect to it later using Linux's WiFi connection interface.