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Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and Remote Desktop Connection to access University IT services

A VPN connection provides encryption and security for authenticated users to securely connect to the university network from an external location.

You must create this connection to use services such as:

  •          Remotely connecting to your university desktop PC
  • ·        Accessing shared file space
  •          Access to some corporate software
University managed laptops (both PC and Mac) allocated to staff should already have the FortiClient VPN client installed.  This can be run from the system tray (PC) or the menu bar (Mac).  Just look for the icon below.







VPN set up instructions for Windows are available in the linked articles below.

Apple Mac

Apple Mac users should use the FortiClient VPN as described in the linked articles below.

Remote Desktop Connection to your university PC/Laptop using Windows

"Search programs and files" box at the bottom of the menu. In the list that appears, select "Remote Desktop Connection" from the list.


 You'll need to enter the serial number of your computer in the "Computer" field before clicking on the "connect" button. 


Remote Desktop Connection Other Operating Systems

MAC Users can download Remote Desktop Connection software at: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client

If you work off site for extended periods of time it is important for you to periodically connect to the VPN to ensure your computer receives software updates and Office and Windows to stay activated. 

Any machine connecting to the university network must be fully patched and have up-to-date antivirus software installed and actively working.


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Modified 15/02/2017