This document gives an overview of the Departmental VPN service.
The Departmental VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is intended to allow faculty and staff to remotely connect to their department's IP space. Local network administrators will be responsible for authorizing an employee's local account for VPN access, either through their authentication server or local department firewall. Users will then connect either in front of or behind their department firewall, depending on how the department network administrator chooses to configure the connection.
By establishing a remote connection to a departmental IP space with VPN, faculty and staff are able gain access to department resources, such as workstations, shared drives, and IP-restricted web pages.
Currently, the use of the departmental VPN connections requires that the department in question supports their own authentication server, meaning that only departments who manage unique credentials for their employees will be able to use this service. Departments will be responsible for handling username and password credentials.
For a department to be eligible for this service, network administrators must manage their own local authentication server, such as LDAP or Radius.
Faculty and staff must have official appointments with a department that has opted for this service, and they need to have their local account authorized to connect to their department LAN through VPN.
Users will need to download and install the Cisco AnyConnect client in order to connect to Departmental VPN. This client is compatible with all supported versions of Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X. It should also run on Linux.
The Departmental VPN service can be accessed at http://vpn.wisc.edu
This service will be available 24x7.