Virtual Private Networking (VPN) allows users to access University-restricted resources from non-University internet connections. For security reasons, departments and organizations will restrict certain websites or web pages to those coming from a University network connection. To maintain the same level of security, users connecting from non-University internet connections will need to verify that they are a member of the University before being allowed to access those same resources. You can do this by authenticating via a VPN client.
The University's central computing organization, OAAIS, provides the vpn@UCSF service to allow users access to University-restricted resources from outside of the University. vpn@UCSF accounts are available to everyone at UCSF with a UCID, SAAID, or special ID number.
Requesting a vpn@UCSF account
To request a vpn@UCSF account, you will need to submit a VPN Account Request Form to OAAIS on their help@UCSF site.
Connecting to vpn@UCSF
To connect to the vpn@UCSF service:
- Launch your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari)
- go to https://vpn.ucsf.edu
Further assistance using the vpn@UCSF service can be found at the OAAIS help@UCSF site.A common issue with using the vpn@UCSF service often arises from a Java issue. Please make sure you have updated the Java client on your computer/web browser.