Cardiff University VPN

By | 11th May 2017

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Cardiff University VPN

The University has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service which lets staff, research postgraduate and taught postgraduade users connect securely to the University’s network. Through the VPN, you can connect remotely to some resources that are normally only unavailable on the Campus network.

When you connect to the VPN your PC or laptop will obtain a VPN IP address that distinguishes it from devices on the wider Internet.

Some computing resources in the University have been configured to treat systems on the VPN differently from those on the rest of the Internet and to allow them to access services that are normally available to devices on Campus only.

If you cannot access a resource you need, please contact University IT it-servicedesk@cardiff.ac.uk to see if it can be added to those available through the VPN.

For Schools, such as Computer Science & Informatics, which have their own servers with resources that they wish to restrict to School users only, University IT has arranged for the VPN connections to have a distinct range of IP addresses. The School’s systems support team have opened some servers to addresses from that range but protected them from other VPN connections. Server administrators in the School should contact the systems team for information on how to open their facilities to the VPN. (Users from other Schools who wish to do this should contact University IT for details.)

Connecting to the VPN

Information about connecting to the University VPN can be found on the following pages.

Using the University VPN on Windows – a Guide for Staff in the School of Computer Science & Informatics
Using the University VPN from Macintoshes – a Guide for Staff in the School of Computer Science & Informatics
Using the University VPN from iPhones, iPods and iPads – a Guide for Staff in the School of Computer Science & Informatics Using the University VPN from Linux – a Guide for Staff in the School of Computer Science & Informatics

Home, University and Internet Addresses

When users in the School of Computer Science & Informatics use the GlobalProtect client to connect to the VPN, all network activity is directed through the VPN. This means that your laptop or external workstation will appear to be on the Campus network and you will be able to access restricted external resources. Notice that connections to local network devices (for example, a printer you have at home) will not work while the VPN is connected.

This is different to the situation for users from other Schools. For them, accesses to University addresses will be directed through the VPN. But accesses to the wider Internet will continue, as before, directly through the ISP (or maybe through the ISP’s proxy server). Similarly, local connections within a home network, to a networked printer or SMART TV say, should continue to work.