VPNA Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection is required to access some UCM network resources from off-campus. The VPN connection may be used by faculty and staff at UCM only. A VPN connection "mimicks" an on-campus status for your remote computer. With a VPN connection, you may map your network drives, and access other resources that are locked down to campus use only.
Currently, you must have account permissions to create a VPN connection. If you have never requested VPN access before, you can do so now by submitting a Computer Account Request Form (Change Account).
With an Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session, you are actually connecting and using your home computer to control your UCM computer. The work you are doing during an RDP session is actually occurring on your office computer. Think of RDP as a way to remotely control and use your office computer from a distance.
Mel is working from home this weekend, and needs to retrieve a document from her personal network drive (H: drive). She can establish a VPN connection, then Map her personal network drive on her home computer. With this connection and drive mapping, she has access to all her files/documents on her personal network drive.
Mel then decides that she needs to access a document stored on her desktop (not on a network drive). Because her VPN connection is already established, she can then initiate an RDP session with her office computer. When her RDP session is established, she has complete access to her office computer. NOTE: To establish an RDP session, Mel must have administrative rights on her computer, and the computer must have been left powered on.
You must establish your VPN connection before you can initiate an RDP session.
Always terminate your RDP session and VPN connection when your University business is complete. Do not leave your VPN connection in place when you are not using your home/remote computer.