Connections from outside the university
Looking to access your home or group folder from outside the university? See here.
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.
Using the VPN connection requires an active university username.
When using the VPN software, traffic from your computer up to the VPN server inside the university firewall 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.
Instructions for use
In case of problems, install OpenVPN again or contact Helpdesk.
Many of the university’s internal services can be used over a virtual desktop. See these instructions for more information.
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. You don’t need to use a vpn connection such as Pulse Secure.
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
- Pulse Secure - VPN connection on a university laptop (Windows 10)
The portable workstations of the staff have the Pulse Secure client program pre-installed
- Pulse Secure - VPN connection on private computers
The staff can download the Pulse Secure client software from the Download Centre.
- Pulse Secure - VPN connection with an Android device (only in Finnish)
The software can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store
- Pulse Secure- using a VPN connection on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
The software can be downloaded for free from the App Store
Through the VPN portal, which can be used with a browser, it is possible to use some of the university’s network services without installing separate VPN programs. Log in to the portal at https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi.
The VPN portal lets you download the home and group folders from the university’s computer network onto your own computer for editing and then upload them back to the university server. The portal also allows the use of the SAP program needed by the university’s administration, and some of the library services, among other things.