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Virtual Private Networks (VPN) at UCSD

Learn about UCSD's expanded virtual private network (VPN) service, which lets you create protected connections to UCSD's network from remote locations.

New VPN hardware was installed in May 2008. If you're using the old client, UCSD encourages you to access the VPN using one of the options below.

The UCSD VPN creates a virtual private connection over public networks using encryption and other security checks to help protect against computer data transmission interception. It also helps ensure only authorized users can access campus networks.

With VPN, network computing traffic between your remote machine (off-campus or wireless) and campus passes over a single, encrypted connection, and your remote machine has a UCSD IP address.

Benefits of UCSD's expanded VPN service

  • With EasyConnect, you have secure access to many campus services and remote desktop computing without installing software.
  • Your remote machine appears as though it's physically at UCSD (with a UCSD IP address). You don't need to use Web proxy to access campus-restricted materials.
  • Your communications with UCSD are encrypted. This helps protect passwords and reduces the risk of exposing sensitive data.
  • You can access border-blocked ports, including the Microsoft services that UCSD blocks from non-VPN remote access.

Connect to UCSD's VPN using one of these options:

  • VPN AnyConnect client — Download the client for secure access to UCSD services, including Library resources, using:
  • EasyConnect Web interface to access remote desktop computing — Easily and securely access remote desktop computing without installing the client. Mac OS X users: EasyConnect Web interface should only be used with computers running Mac OS X 10.8 and above. Older versions of Mac OS X are no longer supported.
    1. Go to https://vpn.ucsd.edu
    2. Enter your Active Directory (AD) username and password.
    3. Select EasyConnect from the Group drop-down menu, and click Sign On.
      • For Windows remote desktop computing, click Terminal Servers.
      • For virtual network computing (VNC), click VNC Connections.
      • For Telnet/SSH, click Telnet/SSH Servers.

      Note: If you don't know the name of the campus desktop you're trying to reach, contact your department's system administrator.

  • EasyConnect Web interface to access UCSD services (except the Libraries) — Easily and securely access UCSD services without installing the client:
    1. Go to https://vpn.ucsd.edu
    2. Enter your Active Directory (AD) username and password.
    3. Select EasyConnect from the Group drop-down menu, and click Sign On.
    4. You now can access campus services by clicking a link from the list, such as:
      • Campus Exchange (Outlook Web Access)
      • Campus Network Status
      • Link Family (FinancialLink, TravelLink, etc.)
      • SysWiki (for campus system administrators)

      You can also access services by typing a URL in the Address field.

To reset your Active Directory (AD) username or password, go to https://adweb.ucsd.edu/adpass or contact your department's system administrator.

Note: This page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/vpn