OpenVPN on university’s Windows computers

OpenVPN capacity has been increased to support remote working

The University of Helsinki IT Center has increased the capacity of the OpenVPN service by adding a new "hy-tun" connection. The new connection is automatically available for university maintained Windows 10 computers starting 18 March 2020.

Access OpenVPN from the Windows taskbar notification area by clicking the secondary mouse button.

The OpenVPN menu looks like this after the update:

OpenVPN-asetukset

User guide

Use the new 'hy-tun' connection, if you work in your home network or another trusted network: 

  •   Only necessary traffic is transferred via the university network (e.g. home directories, Efecte, SAP)  
  •   Less traffic load on the university network 

Use the 'hy' connection, if you are in another network, e.g. a café or a hotel 

  •   All traffic is transffered securely through the university network 
  •   More traffic load on the university network 

The use of some of the university’s online services is limited to the university network for licence-related reasons. These services include the databases and e-papers offered by the library. The OpenVPN software has been installed on all of the university’s Windows laptops. The software allows you to use the university network in wireless mode and outside the university premises.

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Quick help

Starting programs

  • Click Start > OpenVPN GUI.
    openvpn_windows_start.png

 

Establishing a connection

  • Open OpenVPN GUI on the Windows taskbar.
    openvpn_gui.jpg
  • Select Connect.
    openvpn_windows_connect_2c.png
  • Enter your username and password and click OK.
    openvpn_windows_connect_3.jpg
  • This will activate the VPN connection. The notification window also includes the IP address of the connection. The university’s IP addresses have the format 128.214.xxx.yyy.
    openvpn_windows_connect_4.jpg

 

Checking the status of the connection

  • You can check the status of the OpenVPN connection by launching the software on the taskbar as describe above and then selecting Show Status.
    openvpn_windows_status.jpg
  • In the window, you can review the connection’s log and you can end the connection by clicking Disconnect.
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Disconnecting

  • Open OpenVPN GUI on the Windows taskbar as described above and click Disconnect.
    openvpn_windows_disconnect.jpg