Overview

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that allows you to connect to the University's network when you are not on campus. There are certain applications managed by the University that are limited to the University's network. To access these applications when you are off campus you will need to use VPN.

The University's VPN uses encryption technologies that enable data to be transmitted securely. Use VPN any time you are working on a computer using a shared, public internet connection (e.g. a coffee shop, hotel room) and are handling information you wish to be secure.

Most users should connect to “UofM Split” VPN network. This will allow access to University of Minnesota resources (such as files.umn.edu, PeopleSoft, and more) from off-campus. View more details regarding VPN Requirements for UMN Applications

Please note the following VPN technical details:

  • Maximum connection time for a single session is 12 hours
  • Idle timeout is 15 minutes

Idle timeout occurs when network traffic between your computer and the VPN system stops. This situation typically occurs when a computer goes to sleep or is powered down.

VPN should be used only 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, University Gmail, Canvas, and G Suite and Office 365, and others.

Highlights

  • Provides increased privacy and security
  • Enables access to some restricted U of M applications

Getting Started

Duluth Faculty, Staff, and Students

Follow the instructions on the VPN: Virtual Private Network page.

Twin Cities Health Care Component Users

Follow the instructions on HST/AHC: VPN and Remote Desktop Setup.

Other Faculty, Staff, and Students

Find the client and instructions for your operating system in the tables below. They include information for VPN clients that are supported by the Office of Information Technology as well as clients that are not supported but known to work. 

Windows Operating System

Client Version Downloads and/or Instructions
AnyConnect for Windows (Recommended)

This client supports 32-bit and 64-bit processors.

4.9.01095
  1. Download.
  2. Install.
  3. Connect.
  4. See Advanced Instructions.
Windows Native VPN UofMvpn-L2TP

This native client supports IPSec/L2TP for Windows 7 or newer.

Not applicable
  1. Install.
  2. Connect.
  3. See Advanced Instructions.         

Macintosh Operating System (macOS)

Client

Version

Downloads and/or Instructions

AnyConnect for Mac OS X (Recommended)

This client supports 32-bit and 64-bit processors.

4.9.01095
  1. Download.
  2. Install.
  3. Connect.
  4. See Advanced Instructions.
MAC OS X Native VPN UofMvpn-L2TP

This native clients supports IPSec/L2TP Version 10.5 (Leopard). All others should use the Native Client for MAC using IPSec.

Not applicable
  1. Install and Connect.
  2. See Advanced Instructions.
Native Client for MAC using IPSec

This native client supports IPSec using the standard Cisco format Version 10.6 or greater. The standard Cisco format was not available until Snow Leopard. Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks have all tested functional.

Not applicable
  1. Install and Connect.
  2. See Advanced Instructions.

Linux Operating System

Client Version Downloads and Instructions
AnyConnect for Linux 64-bit

This client supports 64-bit processors.

4.9.01095
Intermediate Certificates for Linux

This download supports the InCommon Intermediate signing certificates.

Not applicable
  1. Download Tarball.
  2. Install.

Mobile Operating Systems

Client Version Downloads and Instructions
AnyConnect for iOS and Android Devices

This client supports iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Android devices.

  • iPad 4.2.1
  • iPhone 3G 4.1
  • iPhone 3GS 4.1
  • iPhone 4 4.1
  • iPod Touch (2nd Gen) 4.1
  • Android 4.0
  1. Install.
  2. Connect.