What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. VPN allows for a temporary encrypted connection to UNLV's network across the internet. This link allows the transfer of information and data securely, giving access to campus resources that would otherwise be inaccessible. When connected to VPN, all internet traffic is routed via the campus network.
The UNLV VPN is used by faculty and staff who need remote access to UNLV desktops on campus, as well as access to UNLV websites and systems that are not accessible from off campus.
Use VPN Only if Necessary
VPN is NOT necessary for accessing these resources, which are available using your ACE login.
- X:\ or Y:\ network drive (use Rebelfiles instead)
- UNLVMail or Rebelmail email
- Library databases
- Google Drive
- Google Docs and other GSuite applications
VPN is required to access the following resources.
- Specialized access to servers and databases located on campus
- Remote accessing your desktop. This requires advanced configuration, including a reserved IP address, disabling power saving features, and enabling RDP on the desktop. If you are working remotely for an extended period of time, consider taking your desktop home with you or syncing your desktop files with Google Drive. VPN will not be needed if you take the desktop home with you. Please follow equipment loan instructions.
Additional things to know:
- There are limited VPN licenses for campus, so please use VPN only if necessary.
- Also, all VPN traffic goes through the UNLV network, so please ensure you are not still connected to VPN on a personal machine after completing UNLV related work.
Accessing the VPN Service
Users requiring VPN access must contact the OIT Help Desk to have this service enabled. After access is enabled, you will use your ACE username and password to log into the VPN service through the VPN client. If you are not a UNLV student or employee and need access, or do not know your ACE username or password, please contact the OIT Help Desk.