VPN stands for "Virtual Private Network". It enables IP traffic to travel securely over a public TCP/IP network by encrypting all traffic from one network to another. VPNs are generally used when a person wants to use a computer from a remote site (such as their home) to access "enterprise" (corporate) resources. The UH VPN allows you to become part of the UH network from anywhere.
Why should I use the UH VPN?
Access to the UH VPN is only necessary if it is required by a specific institutional application (such as PeopleSoft or STAR). Check with your application administrator if you require access to the application from a non-UH network. They will tell you if you need to use the UH VPN. Most general applications (UH email, Laulima, etc.) are accessible from anywhere without having to use the UH VPN.
How do I get access?
You will need:
1) Your UH Username and password (and you must be currently affiliated with UH)
2) A personal certificate (What is a personal certificate?)
3) A Windows (preferably XP) or Macintosh (OS X) configured to use the UH VPN
Specific details on using the UH VPN can be found at: http://net.its.hawaii.edu/advanced/vpn.html
Please note that use of the VPN requires some knowledge and familiarity with configuration of the networking features of your computer.
The UH VPN service is an advanced ITS project and is only supported through special channels at this time. As it is in pre-production, the ITS Help Desk is not supporting this service and questions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org