Remote access to university services
Sometimes you may need to use the university’s internal databases, directories or certain online services from outside the university (e.g., your home directory or SAP). In that case, you need to connect to the university network. For that, you need to establish a secure (encrypted) communication channel, a so-called VPN tunnel. The university offers several options to achieve this. The easiest way to access certain limited services is to use a VPN portal, an application running in your browser. For more advanced use, you are advised to install a genuine VPN client. With a VPN client, your home directory will appear as a network drive on your computer.
Remote access to the services of University of Helsinki are also discussed in Student’s digital skills.
- Using VPN in Cubbli (in Finnish only)
- HY-VPN (home PC with Windows)
- Setting up a VPN tunnel with Tunnelblick (Mac) (in Finnish and Swedish)
The University of Helsinki uses a remote desktop (VDI environment) used with VMware client software. You can also run other programs on the remote desktop just as you would on a conventional university workstation.
NB! When using a remote desktop, close other vpn connections (OpenVPN) to avoid reserving two vpn licenses.
You can access your home directory through a VPN tunnel while outside the university.