Connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access UA resources while away from 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, and Mac OS 10.7 and above. It is also available from the App Store for Android, iPhone, and iPad.
DUO & VPN
Beginning Monday, August 21, 2017, DUO will be required to access the campus VPN. This includes UA students, faculty and staff; anyone using VPN. Activate your DUO account today! When you activate DUO, it will be applied to all DUO-enabled systems. Meaning DUO will be activated not only for VPN access, but also for your myBama access.
After August 21, when you connect to the campus VPN, you will be prompted for your username, password and second password. In the second password field, you can enter the word “push” to receive a push notification to your smartphone, or you can enter a passcode through the DUO app, via SMS text, or through the OIT self-service feature. Additional instructions for using DUO with VPN is available above under your operating system.
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 a non-VPN Enabled course will need to have a faculty member or department head send a request to the IT Service Desk.
Faculty and Staff
Access to the VPN is provided to all faculty and staff automatically.
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 email@example.com 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.