University Of Bristol VPN

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University Of Bristol VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) secures network traffic across a public network, such as the Internet. The University VPN enables a remote computer to send and receive data across the internet as if it were directly connected to the University network.

Why are we changing our VPN service?

The new VPN service works for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android operating systems and brings greater security and enhanced features.

A major improvement is that the new VPN tunnels only UoB-bound traffic. The remainder of the user’s activity is routed normally.

What should the VPN service be used for?

The VPN service is commonly used for technical activity where the alternative routes to remote access are not appropriate. As a general rule we would advise most staff and students to use the Remote Desktop Service as a way to access filestore, software or to access internet content as if from the University.

When is this happening?

The new service will be launched on Friday 20th September. All Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android users of the VPN service should begin to use the new VPN rather than the old VPN.

The new VPN client will be automatically installed onto all managed Windows PCs.

What about connections to the old VPN service?

The old VPN service will be in place for some time but it is planned to remove it in the near future.

Linux users

Unfortunately, the new service does not fully support Linux.  So Linux users are advised to continue with the old service.  We are in discussion with the new service about Linux support and we hope this will be in place soon.  More detailed information is available at

How do I set up the new service?

Users of managed Windows PCs will have the new VPN client installed automatically. If this is not available on University computers please contact the IT Service Desk.