Connecting From Off Campus

What is a VPN?

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