How can I download and install NetExtender on Linux?
08/27/2020 109 35258
SSL VPN is one of the common modes of VPN that allows a remote user to connect to the corporate network. While SSL VPN can be done via a web browser using https, a more common way is to use a ssl-vpn-client.
Fig. 1. A compilation of SSL-VPN clients supported on contemporary operating systems. Officially supported Linux distributions are shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 2 is an excerpt from the man NetExtender (Linux man page on NetExtender), which compiles the compatibility list- appliances and OS. As can be seen it also requires a working pppd (ppp daemon).
NOTE: Please note that Mac OS 10.12 and up do not support NetExtender.
The present study is based on Element, which is a Ubuntu based distribution, installed as a virtual machine on Hyper-V in Windows 10 .
- Navigate to the SonicWall VPN Clients page at https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/.
- Select NetExtender option and under Get NetExtender for Linux, select the desired version from the dropdown list.
- Click Download.
- The downloaded NetExtender file was extracted using tar (Fig. 5) CLI utility. One may consider using a GUI utility offered in a distribution. It extracts a directory called NetExtender client.
tar xzvf filename.tgz
- Extracting the NetExtender.Linux.xxx.tgz file. The README file provides brief instructions.
NetExtender Client's GUI uses Java runtime. Therefore one has to install a Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Without them, the NetExtender GUI will not be functional. However, one can still use it by the CLI commands, discussed later in this article. For the present study, only a JRE was installed.
- From GUI
One can use the NetExtender Icon from the Applications . Accessing this depends on the User Interface (UI) of the distribution.
Operating NetExtender from the GUI control. A successful connection is indicated by Status:Connected, Client IP, Sent, Received and Duration.
- From CLI
As pointed out that earlier, one may operate NetExtender from the CLI, which is also the only option if there is no JDK and JRE. NetExtender has a man page that can be accessed by man NetExtender .
man NetExtender the manual page. Please notice that one can invoke NetExtender by the command NetExtender and provide the parameters interactively. Alternatively, the parameters can be supplied in line with appropriate switches: -u (user name) -p (password) -d (domain).
Invoking NetExtender from the CLI. A successful connection provides a list of remote subnets accessible. Please notice that Control-C terminates an SSL-VPN session.