Secure Off-Campus Access
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides users a secure, encrypted connection to UNL internal resources from anywhere.
What is a VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) is a network that uses primarily public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or traveling users access to a central organizational network. VPNs typically require remote users of the network to be authenticated, and often secure data with encryption technologies to prevent disclosure of private information to unauthorized parties. VPNs may serve any network functionality that is found on any network, such as sharing of data and access to network resources, printers, databases, websites, etc.
A VPN user typically experiences the central network in a manner that is identical to being connected directly to the central network. VPN technology via the public Internet has replaced the need to requisition and maintain expensive dedicated leased-line telecommunication circuits once typical in wide-area network installations.
Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility VPNIf you are interested in installing the UNL VPN client, please visit: https://vpn.unl.edu
If you have technical issues or questions about the VPN, please call the Computer Help Center at 472-3970
or send an e-mail to
What should the VPN be used for?
Beginning February 29, users will be required to use the VPN in order to use remote desktop to connect to campus resources from any remote location.
Anytime a user is off campus and would like to access resources on campus, the VPN should be used to provide a secure connection. It is important to note, only network traffic destined for campus will be passed through the tunnel. This means that normal internet traffic will not be part of the secure connection established by the VPN.
|VPN needed for:|
|Access to SAP and SIS+|
|Access to file shares, network printers and full client email|
Access to other resources behind a firewall, such as remote desktop or ssh. Please check with your department technical contact if you have issues with accessing these resources.
|VPN Not Needed for:|
|Access to Love Library resources, including academic journals: Click here for information on this from the Library.|