College IT Shared Services offers a virtual private network (VPN) service for all staff, faculty and graduate students. Researchers and undergraduate students can request access as needed. Utilizing the service, a computer anywhere in the world can authenticate to the College network and appear to be physically connected to the UC Davis Campus Network. The connection is encrypted end-to-end so is safe for use in normally unsafe venues (i.e. Starbucks wi-fi). For college and campus services that are restricted to local network access, this gives the traveling faculty member or the home computer user the ability to seamlessly access campus and college services. The alternative to this VPN solution is the use of the UC Davis Library VPN service. The Engineering VPN uses IPSec technology rather than the Library’s SSL technology. There are pros-and-cons to either technology, but IT Shared Services has chosen a tried-and-true method for VPN services.
For installation and usage information, please see the Knowledge article found here.