VPN for Linux


How do I install and set up UM-Dearborn’s GlobalProtect VPN client? When do I need to use a VPN?


The University of Michigan - Dearborn’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure, encrypted connection between your device and the U-M network in order to enable access to university resources from untrusted networks.
The service enables users to:

  • extend the university’s private, secure, and managed network to their personal devices when using off campus networks.
  • send and receive university or personal data through a dedicated and encrypted connection across shared or public networks.
  • access applications or data which require an on-campus connection (e.g. academic resources, on campus computer and storage services, etc.).

The UM-Dearborn VPN client is Palo Alto’s GlobalProtect. Users that are connecting through the VPN will be required to authenticate via Duo Two-Factor authentication.

Installation and Connection - Linux

  1. Download the GlobalProtect client from Dropbox - please sign into Dropbox using your U-M credentials.
  2. Follow the appropriate steps at Download and Install the GlobalProtect App for Linux to install either the GUI or CLI client - this is based on Linux Distribution and preference.
  3. For connecting with the VPN, please see Use the GlobalProtect App for Linux and follow the appropriate steps for which version was installed.
  4. When prompted, the portal address is “umvpn.umd.umich.edu". Your log in credentials are your U-M Uniqname and your UMICH password.


An alternative open-source client for GlobalProtect can be found at GlobalProtect-openconnect complete with installation instructions based on Linux distribution. Only the Palo Alto Global Protect client is supported by ITS, use the open-source client at your own discretion.

For additional information, check these categories in the Knowledge Base:


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