Virtual Private Network (VPN)

This article applies to those using university-owned workstations.


There are some services that must be accessed from the university’s network due to license or privacy reasons. Using a virtual private network (VPN) allows you to "place shift" - where you can be in one part of the world and from the Internet appear to be on campus. Therefore, you can access things that are normally limited to those on campus such as:

  • Financial documents (W2 forms)
  • Financial Edge
  • Network Drive Mappings (S:, T: drives)
  • PastPerfect
  • Perceptive Content
  • StarRez
  • StudentAccess
  • Titanium
  • TMA
  • UWBI
  • Windows Software Center

Using the UWRF VPN Service

UWRF's VPN service is not available for personally-owned devices. This service works only on university-owned devices.

All employees have access to use VPN services and Cisco AnyConnect has been installed by default on university-owned windows and macOS workstations for the past several years so most employees should have everything needed to connect to the VPN. Here are the steps for Windows and for MacOS to connect the first time (and to connect/disconnect thereafter). After connecting, you will have the same experience as being on campus.

Should I Use the VPN Service?

Technology Services recommends connecting to the VPN once a week for 4 hours when working remotely to continue to operate in an effective manner. Doing so allows operating system updates to occur and your passwords to sync.