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What is a VPN?

Basics

A VPN or “Virtual Private Network” is a private network that uses a public network (usually the Internet) to provide students, faculty, and staff with a secure connection to campus resources from home.

Instead of using a dedicated, real-world connection such as Ethernet connection, a VPN uses secure, encrypted, “virtual” connections routed through the Internet from the University of Michigan-Flint private network to the remote computer.

The VPN is available to students, faculty, and staff who use Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 or Mac OS X. (Please note: The VPN is not supported on Windows 2000/98/ME.)

Why use a VPN?

There are many advantages to using the VPN from home to connect to the UM-Flint campus network.

Outlook-Client (off-campus)

When connected to the VPN, you may take advantage of using the Microsoft Outlook client from home to check your email (high-speed Internet users).

Map Network Drives

You will have the ability to map your personal home drive (h:\) and your departmental drive (i:\) from home. You will also be able to FTP into your Home drive or Departmental drive from home.

Remote Desktop Access (Faculty and Staff Only)

You will have the ability to use remote desktop integrated into the Windows platform to remotely control your office computer from home (this feature is available to faculty/staff only).


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