The university has online services which are only available inside the university network for licensing reasons. These include e.g. the databases offered by the library and electronic newspapers. The services can be used on computers outside of the university’s network by establishing a secure connection between the home computer and the university server. Take a look at the VPN client installation guide.
NB! Not all University online online resources require a VPN connection. Some of the services, for example Flamma, are accessible from any network.
Using the VPN connection requires an active university username. See installation instructions for different operating systems.
Connecting through the OpenVPN client software
When using the VPN software, traffic from your computer up to the VPN server inside the university network is encrypted, and computers using the VPN connection are assigned a network address from the university. The latter makes it possible to use many services restricted only for university computers.
- University Windows
- Windows home computers
- Mac Tunnelblick (OpenVPN for Mac)
- OpenVPN to Android
- OpenVPN to iOS
Instructions for use
In case of problems, install OpenVPN again or contact Helpdesk.
Further information on the VPN service
Virtual Desktops (VDI)
Many of the university’s internal services can be used over a virtual desktop. See these instructions for more information.
Installing a separate virtual desktop is not necessary for occasional use since you can also use the browser version of the virtual desktop at https://vdi.helsinki.fi.
The required client program is already installed on the university’s computer. If necessary, you can also install it on your home computer. The connection to the virtual desktop is secured automatically.
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