VPN allows you to access Hampshire servers from off campus that are not normally available from off campus. If you're planning to use it, you should install and test it before you need it.
What is VPN?
VPN stands for "Virtual Private Network." It's an extension of a private network that allows access from other networks. In practical terms, it will allow you access to Hampshire's private network resources from off campus.
Do you Need VPN?
You do need VPN to access the following services from off campus:
- newmisserver and other Hampshire servers
- On-campus printers
- Web UI interface to Ellucian (Datatel)
You do not need VPN to access the following services from off campus:
- Hampshire email
- Moodle course websites
- RedDot CMS
- Drupal CMS
- Wordpress blogs and sites
Where to Find the Instructions
You don't need any special software to setup VPN from a Macintosh or Windows computer, but you do need instructions. Because these instructions include a password, we keep them in a private part of the network on the Hampshire Intranet. Instructions can be found on the VPN Instructions page on the Intranet (login required).
Installation and Testing
Follow the instructions provided to set up VPN. Once you've done this, it's important to test that it's working before you actually need to use VPN from home. Unfortunately, to test the full functionality you have to be off campus.
If you find that your connection isn't working, pull out those instructions you saved earlier, and walk through the process again, either editing your previous set-up or deleting it and starting from scratch.