The UCSD Administrative Computing and Telecommunications Department (ACT) recently launched an enhanced Virtual Private Network (VPN) service (http://tinyurl.com/ucsd-vpn). This service allows authorized UCSD users to access campus resources, including the electronic resources paid for by the UCSD Libraries, from anywhere off-campus using a simple web interface.
This new service is web-based and uses the Active Directory authentication system which requires the user to have a valid UCSD Active Directory (”AD”) login and password. Students who have problems or questions with their Active Directory login and password should contact ACT (http://tinyurl.com/ucsd-act-helpdesk) directly. Faculty and staff should work with their departmental IT contact.
The advantages of using the enhanced VPN service via the EasyConnect web interface are:
- Users working behind firewalls (including some hotels) are more likely to be successful using UCSD resources from off campus.
- Users do not need to change any of the settings on their browser as is the case with the proxy server.
- Users do not need to be download and install any special software on their computer.
To use the EasyConnect web interface, go to https://vpn.ucsd.edu