Connect to Your Cloud (VPN)

Upon signup, you will receive an IP Plan that contains all the information you will need to configure access to your cloud environment. The simplest and recommended method of gaining access is via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This provides an easy to implement, secure connection.

(Open-source option) OpenConnect


Why OpenConnect?

If you are a pre-dominantly CLI user, you might want to use OpenConnect - an open-source VPN client available from the command line.

Download and install OpenConnect

  • If you have Homebrew on your system, you can run brew install openconnect from your command line.
  • If you're running on Windows, you can download and build the OpenConnect package yourself or you can use Cisco AnyConnect instead.


Why OpenConnect?

Cisco firewalls are designed to work with the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client as a VPN client. If you prefer a GUI VPN client or you're running on Windows, you might want to use Cisco AnyConnect.

Download AnyConnect

First, you need a VPN client. The recommend VPN client for MacStadium Private Clouds is Cisco AnyConnect.

  1. Open your IP Plan from MacStadium Portal > account menu > Files.
  2. Open the file and locate the VPN Server section.
  3. In your browser, visit https://<YOUR_VPN_SERVER_ADDRESS_HERE>.

Note: You may need to use Firefox to get past the self-signed certificate blocker.

  1. When prompted, provide the VPN credentials from your IP Plan.

After you log in, you will be able to download a licensed version of AnyConnect directly from your firewall.

Setup Process

  1. Log in using the username and password given to you in your IP Plan.

  2. Cisco AnyConnect SecureMobility will then check to see if your personal computer has Java installed. If it is installed, Java will be used. If not, you will be given a direct download link. Simply click the link to begin the download and subsequent installation process.

  3. Follow the installation prompts to complete the install.

  4. Once installation has completed:

  • Select Settings
  • Uncheck “Block connections to untrusted servers,” as the Cisco ASA appliance by default will be using a self signed certificate.
  1. From the main screen, enter the IP Address provided in your IP Plan, and click connect.

  2. Finally, to connect to your Mac Private Cloud, simply enter your username and password once more.