SonicWall NetExtender SSL VPN4th July 2023 | Modified: 19th September 2023
Categories: How-to guide
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A VPN allows you to access resources on your office network from wherever you are. SonicWall NetExtender is a piece of software that can be installed on your laptop or desktop that initiates the VPN connection.
Install SonicWall NetExtender
First, determine if SonicWall NetExtender is already installed by opening your Start Menu, and searching for SonicWall. If you see this icon, the software is already installed and you can move onto the next step.
If this is not installed, you will need to download and install this on your laptop or desktop device from the following link:
From here, you will need to select your version (usually Windows 64 bit) and select Download.
When prompted click Open
In the window that opens, click Next,
Now click I agree and Next
Click Next on the next screen
And Next on this screen
Finally click Next on this screen, and wait for the software to install.
Once installed, click Close
You will be prompted to reboot your computer. Select Yes
The software is now installed. We will configure this in the next sections.
Install the Microsoft Authenticator App
SonicWall NetExtender is configured to use MFA (Multi Factor Authentication). In order to initiate the connection you will first need to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator App from your mobile phones App Store.
Generate a QR Code
Login to the web portal of your VPN connection.
This is usually https://sslvpn.yourcompanydomain.com
(substituting yourcompanydomain.com for your company domain).
Here you will be prompted to enter your username and password.
Make a note of the Domain as you will need this later.
Enter your username and password and press Login
Once logged in, you will be prompted with a QR code.
Link the App to the QR Code
Now return to the Microsoft Authenticator app you installed earlier on your phone and click the + (add) button in the top right corner of the app.
Select the Other button
Now scan the QR code from the previous step.
You should now see SNWL on the list in the Microsoft Authenticator app and see a 6 digit code.
You will now need to enter the code from the Authenticator App into the 2FA Code box on your PC then press OK to complete the setup.
Multifactor Authentication has now been setup for the SonicWall NetExtender
Configure SonicWall NetExtender
Launch SonicWall NetExtender from your Start Menu
In the box that opens you will need to enter the following details
Server – usually sslvpn. Followed by your company domain (e.g abc.com)
Username – the same username you use for your office PC or laptop
Password – the same password you use for your office PC or laptop
Domain – You should have made a note of this from the “generate a QR code” section
Once you have entered all these details, click Connect.
You will now be prompted to enter the code from your Microsoft Authenticator App.
Enter this and press OK.
This should now show as connected and you will be able to access company resources.
By utilising a VPN with two-factor authentication you can connect securely to your office and access shared resources.
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