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Remote Access - Virtual Private Network

Note: The appearance, color, name, and logo of the Pulse client software has changed, but the functionality remains the same.

Update: To access Virginia Tech online resources that are not on the Blacksburg campus such as resources located on the Northern Virginia campus, set Pulse Secure (Pulse) to send all traffic over the VPN by using option number two (2) - All Traffic over VPN.

The legacy Virginia Tech PPTP Virtual Private Network (VPN) service was decommissioned on August 12, 2014. You will no longer be able to connect to the PPTP VPN.

Virginia Tech’s remote access - VPN service allows you to access Blacksburg campus university services as though you were on the Virginia Tech network, even though you may be miles or continents away. Limiting service to university network addresses restricts the scope of exposure. For those university services that restrict access to campus network addresses, the remote access - VPN service is a way of selectively re-opening services only to known members of the university community.

The remote access - VPN service only encrypts the information between the VPN client and the Virginia Tech VPN gateway. It does not provide end-to-end encryption.

Registration

Communications Network Services (CNS) offers remote access - VPN independently or as a bundled service with the Virginia Tech Wireless Network service or with the Virginia Tech wired Ethernet service. To connect to the remote access - VPN service, you must be subscribed to either the Virginia Tech Wireless Network service or the Virginia Tech wired Ethernet service.

Network Password Required

Before you can use the service, you must set up a network password by following the instructions at Change Network Password.

You will not be able to log on to the remote access - VPN with your Hokies ID and password. You must use your network password.

System Requirements

Configuration Instructions

Note: The appearance, color, name, and logo of the Pulse client software has changed, but the functionality remains the same.

Windows and Mac OS

For Mac OS and Windows, follow the instructions for your operating system at Downloading and Using Junos Pulse Secure to Connect to Remote Access - VPN.

Mobile Devices and Smartphones

For Android and iOS devices, follow the instructions for your operating system at Connecting to the Remote Access - VPN with Junos Pulse on Android or iOS Devices.

Linux

Basic Linux instructions provided without further support

Note: These instructions are provided as a general guideline and assume basic knowledge of Linux. If you need help using Linux, search the Internet using a search engine.

Sending All Traffic Over the Remote Access - VPN

Important: To access Virginia Tech online resources that are not on the Blacksburg campus such as resources located on the Northern Virginia campus, set Pulse to send all traffic over the remote access - VPN by using option number two (2) - All Traffic over VPN.

By default, once connected to the remote access - VPN, only interactions with Virginia Tech Web sites and services, such as Hokie SPA or WebOutlook, will be sent through the remote access - VPN. Internet activities that do not involve Virginia Tech Web sites and services, such as browsing CNN.com or streaming music from Pandora radio, will go through your regular Internet connection, not through the remote access - VPN.

In specific scenarios, such as connecting to Virginia Tech Web sites and resources when outside of the country, you may be instructed:

  • to have all Internet connections and traffic go through the remote access - VPN,
  • to use a proxy connection, or
  • to obtain a public IP address.

To do that, follow the appropriate instructions below for your operating system to connect with option number two (2) - All Traffic over VPN, which will send all Internet traffic over the remote access - VPN.

Using Outlook / Exchange at Home (Faculty/Staff Only)

When off campus, a VPN connection is no longer required to use Outlook to connect to the Exchange server. Thus, in Mac OS, use Outlook 2011 / 2016 as normal. However, in Windows you must configure the Outlook Anywhere feature to connect to the Exchange server when away from the office. To configure Outlook Anywhere, follow the instructions at Configuring Outlook Anywhere for Exchange in Outlook for Windows.

For IT Professionals Only: IP Addresses

To view the IP addresses that the remote access - VPN uses, see the IP Addresses at Virginia Tech page.

Support / Troubleshooting

Accessing Virginia Tech Library Resources from Off Campus

When away from campus, instead of the remote access - VPN, you must use Off Campus Sign In by following the instructions at Accessing Virginia Tech Library Databases with Non-Virginia Tech Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Accessing Non-Library Restricted Virginia Tech Resources

If you are unable to connect to other Virginia Tech resources or Web pages that are unrelated to the library, try using connection option number 2 by following the instructions at Cannot Access Web Pages when Using Pulse with Remote Access - VPN.

Connection Time Out

If you leave your computer or device connected to the remote access - VPN for a long time, you may receive a prompt to reconnect. For more information, see Pulse Connection Will Time Out Message when Connected to the Remote Access - VPN with Pulse.

Other

Most other remote access - VPN connection errors are a result of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) throttling or blocking VPN traffic. To resolve this, contact your ISP.

For all other remote access - VPN support, contact 4Help using the Help Request Form.

Other Resources

Note: The appearance, color, name, and logo of the Pulse client software has changed, but the functionality remains the same.

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