UF Gatorlink VPN Service
The Gatorlink VPN service provides secure remote access to the University of Florida network and makes it appear as if your computer were physically attached to the campus network. By using the Gatorlink VPN client, you may access resources on the UF network that are not typically available over an Internet path. These may include:
- Windows file shares.
- Private IP addressed systems (10.x.x.x, 172.16.x.x).
- UF Library Journals.
- Software licensing services
The Gatorlink VPN service is based primarily on th Cisco Anyconnect VPN client. This client supports a wide range of operating systems including Windows ,Mac, Linux, Apple IOS and Android. It is based on SSL transport rather than IPsec which was supported by the older client. Anyconnect will also work on networks which use heavy firewalling and/or network address translation. Features include auto-update and auto-policy synchronization which eliminate the need to update the client manually. Once you install the client, you will automatically be updated when a new client is available. The client is SSL based and supports the full gatorlink VPN tunnel feature set including campus-only tunnels as well as departmental VPNs. It is not a Java based client, and does not require Java. In addition to the Cisco Anyconnect client, the UF Gatorlink VPN service also supports legacy L2TP over IPsec clients which are built into many popular operating systems.
The Gatorlink VPN service is provided by Network Services and the UF Helpdesk.
The latest Cisco Anyconnect client may be downloaded from the NS Anyconnect Download Site. The client will require a minor amount of configuration the first time you install it. See the configuration guides for more information. Clients for Apple IOS and Android are available through their respective App Stores.
- 2/11/2018: New 4.5 clients have been posted to the NS Anyconnect Download Site (see link above). These clients resolve several bugs and better support MacOSX 10.13.
- 11/22/2016: New 4.2 clients have been posted to the NS Anyconnect Download Site (see link above). These better support the latest versions of Windows and Ubuntu
- 11/12/2015: New 4.1 clients will be pushed to all users the first time they connect to the VPN service starting on 11/16 at 8am.
- 11/2/2015: New 4.1 clients have been posted for all platforms to the NS Anyconnect Download Site. This is the 4.1.06020 release which adds support for Mac OSX 10.11 and Redhat 7. It also work much better on other recent Linux distributions including Ubuntu 15.04.
- 8/23/2015: A new VPN client has been posted which officially supports Windows 10. You should only update to this release if you are having problems using the 3.x client with Windows 10.
- 2/11/2015: A recent update to windows 8.1 has broken the Anyconnect VPN client. A workaround is available here
- 11/16/2013: New Anyconnect clients (3.1.0-4072, 4074 for Mac) have been posted to the Anyconnect Download Site. Automatic updates will be run once fall term is completed. Users may upgrade by going to the download site listed above. MacOS 10.9 users are encoraged to update to 3.1.0-4074 for proper function.
- 8/18/2013: New Anyconnect clients (3.1.0-4063) have been posted to the Anyconnect Download Site. Automatic updates will begin pushing on 9/1/2013, but current users may upgrade by going to the download site listed above.