Virtual Private Networks (VPN) at UCSD


Overview


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.  

The UCSD VPN requires you to sign in with your Active Directory username and password.  If you need to reset your Active Directory (AD) username or password, go to password.ucsd.edu or contact your department's system administrator. 

As of January 30, 2019, two-step login is required for faculty and staff VPN connections.  On October 16, 2019, two-step login will be required for students. Learn more about VPN and two-step login. 

VPN Services

Benefits


Connect to the VPN


VPN AnyConnect Client

Download the client for secure access to UCSD services, including Library resources and the campus CMS using conventional installation.  Setup and connect with the VPN AnyConnect Client your Windows, Mac, Chromebook, or Linux device by following the instructions on Configure VPN Client on your Computer, Tablet, or Phone.

iPhone/iTouch/iPad 6.0.x and above

EasyConnect Web Interface to access Remote Desktop

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 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 Libraries and the CMS)

Easily and securely access UCSD services without installing the client:

  1. Go to 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 can now 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 now can access campus services by clicking a link from the list, such as:

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

VPN Pools


For additional technical info on the VPN service, please see the VPN article on the TechWiki

If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please submit a ticket or call the ITS Service Desk at (858) 246-4357