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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.

EasyConnect (web based VPN Portal) has been retired.

We no longer offer EasyConnect because it cannot use modern security protocols such as multi-factor/two-factor authentication. Connect to the VPN using any of these options.

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.

These services require VPN:

  • Shared Network Drives
  • Cognos/Tableau
  • Remote Desktop to computers or VMs
  • Logistics Portal
  • TN3270 (IFIS/ISIS)
  • Library resources (requires 2-Step Secured - allthruucsd)
  • Staging links to preview CMS websites (requires 2-Step Secured - allthruucsd)
  • Canvas does not require VPN but is recommended if connecting outside the U.S.
  • AccessLink
  • TechWiki
  • Some department-specific applications (iDocs, BAMTRAC, CRIS)

Two-step login is required for VPN connections. Learn more about VPN and two-step login.


ucsd-health.jpg Instructions for UC San Diego Health and Health Science VPN users can be found at

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

Follow these instructions to Change your AD Password.

VPN Pools

  • The VPN service offers the ability to create department-specific pools, which can be used to control access to departmental resources. Contact your IT support staff for additional information on accessing or using pools for your department. If you do not have IT support staff, contact the ITS Service Desk.
  • To access a VPN pool, when logging in to the VPN, enter your username followed by "@" the pool name. For example, to access the ITS pool, enter "username@ITS".

For additional technical info on the VPN service, see the VPN article on the TechWiki (Confluence login required).

To ask questions, request a service, or report an issue, contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357.
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