Virtual Private Network

Some Oxford University online resources (particularly web pages) can only be accessed by computers that are directly connected to the Oxford University network. If you try connecting to these pages from outside the network, you may be confronted with a page that looks like this:

To get around this, you can connect to the University network through a Virtual Private Network (VPN), provided by the IT Services. When set-up, it provides your computer with a virtual connection so it behaves as if it were in Oxford. See the diagram below:

Setting-up the VPN

You will need a remote access account to sign-in. This is different from your Single Sign-On (SSO) account and can be obtained through IT Services self-registration.

For Windows and OS X, you must be able to log on to your computer using an account that has administrative access. For most home computer systems the normal account you use to log on to the computer will have the necessary access.

You will also need a suitable VPN client. Windows users will need to download one from the IT Services self-registration pages, but OS X users are able to configure one that comes pre-installed. The instructions for installing and configuring VPN clients vary for different operating systems, so Windows should have a look at the support pages here, and Mac OS X users should have a look here.


1337: Part 1, xkcd.com