Connecting From Off Campus

Mac VPN Support

    • Automatic Installation of Mac VPN connections

      VPN_InstVPN Install Macintosh
    • Manual Configuration of Mac VPN connections

      • Note 1: For transferring files to Brain for a www.uccs.edu website, use SSH. Click the link below.
      • Note 2: Firewalls and routers may interfere with a VPN connection. If your VPN will not connect, disable the firewall or bypass the router to verify these aren't the problem. Most corporations, school districts, and military installations use firewalls to protect their systems. Using VPN at your jobsite typically will not work.

    • A VPN connection creates a secure, encrypted connection with the university. This allows the users to do several things from home they cannot do on a normal connection. IT has two VPN servers:

      • Library Resources (from your home) aka Transporter
        • Access the library periodical databases via the UCCS Library
        • (The Library VPN is also used to access other off-campus resources; e.g. Human Resources and Financial Systems)
        • Note: when connected to this VPN server, the security restricts you from many other resources - remember to log out of VPN when you're finished
      • UCCS Resources (from your home) aka Voyager
        • Transfer files to and from your on-campus IT account or a professor's account
        • Updating Symantec Antivirus from off campus; e.g. laptops, dorm computers during the summer, staff/faculty with university computers at home
        • Access to your on-campus email with Outlook if you're on the Exchange server (The web interface to Exchange does not require VPN)
        • Access to your on-campus email with any other email client (This protects your password since email software programs also send your user name and password to the internet in plain text)
        • Create an on-campus Facilities work order
        • Although we do not recommend using insecure FTP, if it's necessary to FTP to an on-campus resource, you must connect to the VPN server first to create a secure path
        • You must also connect to the VPN server first to use Telnet to access an on-campus resource; e.g. SPSS on lynx.uccs.edu