VPN Access

Information about Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The Joint Network Center (Gemeinsame Netzwerkzentrum, GNZ) provides flexible access to a virtual private network (VPN) to FHI employees. This VPN allows you access to local resources (home directories, protected web content) and to online journal subscriptions at the FHI.

Some basic notes:

VPN is a way to extend the local area network (LAN) of the FHI to the home user via an established internet connection so that access to internal resources is possible from home or other locations outside the FHI, resources such as publishers and their online journals (Elsevier, Sciencedirect, etc.).

Used Hardware and Software:

The GNZ uses a professional hardware and software solution made by Cisco for our VPN services. The combination of the used Cisco hardware and the self-installing Cisco AnyConnect client software -- which is available for most operating systems -- is optimal for FHI users.

(!)Things you need to do:

Please open the web site below.

>> It is ONLY possible to access this site from outside the FHI’s firewall <<

Next, you will be asked for a user name and password, please provide it as shown:


as username and - as usually your passwort you got for your account.

(!)The installation of the VPN Client-Software

The installation is easy and starts automatically after opening the website:

Please follow the instructions after the successful login appearing in your browser and accept the certificates. In some reasons the platform detection fails. In this case you get a link for downloading the client manually, so you are able to install it from your local disk.

Because the VPN client software has been installed permanently on your PC as regular software, you can also run the application without using a web browser.

After the successful installation, please provide your login credentials as shown below.

 (!)Please note: In order to proceed the WEB-Installation, you need the latest Java version and a java enabled browser ! In the latest browsers java is no longer supported, that's why this kind of installation procedure will possibly fail. In case of problems occuring during the web installation you are able to install the client software with the standalone installation packages MANUALLY too :

Stand-alone VPN client software installation:
Due to changed terms of licensing the software can't be provided to the public anymore. You'll get the password for the following download link at GNZ-Staff

  • For mobile devices with iOS and Android, please download the Cisco AnyConnect software from the AppStore or GogglePlay

In some cases and on certain platforms, an error occurs while installing the software, mostly caused by conflicting VPN software. If this happens, please contact the GNZ.

For further questions and information about VPN, please contact Mr. Robert Gruppe , phone (030) 8413-3227, or contact any other GNZ employee.

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