Mainframe - Accessing the Mainframe from an Off-Campus Connection
This document describes how to access the mainframe from outside the UW System network.
- Current Access Methods
- Off-Campus Access
Accessing the Mainframe
There are currently several ways to access the mainframe.
Current Access Methods:
- Access from a desktop connected to the UW System network (e.g. in your office)
- Access from outside the UW System network (e.g., from home or while traveling) using VPN and Remote Desktop
WiscVPN allows you to remotely access some campus network resources while at home or traveling. Dynamic WiscVPN is available for anyone with a valid NetID. Static WiscVPN is limited to departmental use only. For more information about static versus dynamic VPN, see WiscVPN - Static vs. Dynamic IP Addresses.
Instructions for downloading and installing the VPN client, and connecting using the client are available below.
Select the applicable document from the following choices:
- WiscVPN - Installing and Connecting the GlobalProtect Client (Mac)
- WiscVPN - Connecting with the GlobalProtect (PaloAlto) Client
- Cisco Anyconnect (Windows) - Connecting with the AnyConnect Client
- Cisco Anyconnect (Mac) - Connecting with the AnyConnect Client
UW System Users
You will need to use your local campus VPN client to connect to your campus network. Once connected to your campus network, you should have access to the mainframe via your 3270 client.
If you have questions regarding installing and configuring your local campus VPN client, please contact your local IT support, UW System - IT Help Desks Contact Information.
Mainframe Access Outside of the UW System
If you are not an employee of a UW System campus, but have had access to the mainframe in the past and it is now not working, please call the DoIT Help Desk at 608-264-HELP (608-264-4357).