Why do I need a VPN connection to the ITMZ?

What is behind VPN and how this technology works, you can read elsewhere. Here, we will only briefly explain what the whole thing can do for you.

If you have started a VPN connection to the ITMZ of the University of Rostock, your PC gets an IP address of the university. It starts with 139.30.xxx.xxx. This IP is partly necessary to access servers within the ITMZ firewall, but also to benefit from the services of the homepage of www.springerlink.de. You can also visit the homepage, but you can only download most of the books if you are a student of the University of Rostock.

(You can save the VPN tunnel if you are sitting in the university library or in the WLAN of the university, because then you automatically have a university IP and will be accepted by the homepage).

How do I establish a VPN connection to the ITMZ?

At the moment it seems that the connection under Windows can only be established with a Cisco tool “AnyConnect”. You can find the information for this on the ITMZ homepage.

Establishing a VPN connection under Linux

This tutorial is based on Debian 10, but should be transferable to all major distributions. The tutorial is limited to the minimal use case.

  1. install OpenConnect sudo apt install openconnect, depending on distribution and package manager this command may differ.

  2. open the VPN tunnel, open a terminal and execute the command sudo openconnect --protocol=anyconnect --authgroup=Internet-Access --user=xyz123 vpn.uni-rostock.de, in which you replace xyz123 with your own user ID. Then enter your password. Now you should be connected to the VPN.

  3. close the tunnel, leave the terminal window open as long as you want to surf over the VPN. Once you are done, press CTRL+C in the terminal window to close the connection.

How do I access data stored on PCs at the university?

Is documented here

How can software from the ITMZ be used at home?

It is possible to use some of the ITMZ software from home. For example, these are programs that can be helpful in math (Mathematica and MATLAB), but also the MS Office, Adobe Acrobat Professional and much more. This is done with the help of Windows Remote Desktop Connection.

How do I establish a remote desktop connection?

You can find the required information here and here