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Virtual Private Network Information

Connecting to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows access to many resources while off campus. All remote desktop access (RDP) from off campus requires a VPN connection. On campus, RDP connections generally do not require a VPN unless regulatory compliance such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI) or other University policy states otherwise.

Accessing the VPN

Accessing the UA VPN requires use of the Cisco AnyConnect application which can be found in the Tech tab of myBama. Use one of the guides below for further instruction.

Cisco AnyConnect is compatible with Windows XP-SP3 and above, Linux, Mac OS 10.7 and above. It is also available from the App Store for Android, iPhone, and iPad.

Courses Requiring VPN Access

Courses can be “VPN Enabled” in Banner by departmental or college staff, granting VPN access to all students enrolled in that course.

Who Can Access the VPN?


Students enrolled in “VPN Enabled” courses will automatically have VPN access. Graduate students requesting VPN access will need to have their faculty member send a request to itsd@ua.edu.

Faculty and Staff

Access to the VPN is provided to all faculty and staff.


Departments that have retirees, independent contractors, or vendors (non UA employees) will need to have a Dean, Director, or Department Head send a request to itsd@ua.edu for account credentials. A link to download the AnyConnect VPN client will be sent to the requestor. Access is limited to 1 year at a time for non UA employees. Additional access time must be requested at the end of that period.

Security Alerts

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Scheduled Outages

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Known Issues

The Known Issues Page is a checkpoint for our IT partners across campus. The page lists software compatibility issues and known fixes.