Required Changes to VPN Access in January 2021

Planned Change graphic for VPN full- and split-tunnel updates

In January, Duo Two-Factor Authentication will be required to log in to split- and full-tunnel VPN. Also, the full-tunnel pool will have a new name.

About the New VPN Full-Tunnel Pool

On January 4, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Data Network Service

  • enabled a new full-tunnel Virtual Private Network (“AnyConnect-UofMvpnFull”). This new full-tunnel VPN will replace the previous full-tunnel option (“zz Full Tunnel - General Access VPN Pool”)
  • began to require people using full-tunnel to authenticate using Duo Two-Factor Authentication to join the VPN. 

The new VPN full-tunnel pool has been designed for greater security and capacity and uses private IP space with security in mind. The former full-tunnel VPN is planned to be decommissioned in early February.

Planned Split-Tunnel Update

Following the successful transition of VPN full-tunnel users to their new pool, on January 25, 2021, all split-tunnel VPN users will be required to use Duo Security Two-Factor Authentication to access the VPN. There is no name change to the split-tunnel user pool. 

There will be no disruption to connected users and no expected downtime when the VPNs are updated.

Note: These changes will not affect people using departmental VPNs or users of the Duluth VPN.

As a reminder, VPN should only be used when resources cannot be accessed by other means. A VPN is not needed for web-based UMN resources and services, such as umn.edu web pages, MyU, University Gmail, Canvas, G Suite and Office 365, and others.

If you need assistance enrolling in Duo, checking your Duo Security status, or need additional information please contact Technology Help.