When using a classroom PC you can save files to the H: drive, which is your personal and secure filespace in the university network. Documents and files saved there can be retrieved from any PC on campus. But what happens when you work from home and need to access a file that is saved on your H: drive?
The VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides remote access through your own computer to your filespace on the university server when you are at home, or use your laptop at a wireless spot, on campus or in the halls.
To remotely access a file saved on your H: drive, open your web browser and login to the VPN with your University of Aberdeen username and password.
The first time you login on your personal computer you must install the Aventail Access Manager. This is a one-time process that will set you up with the components for accessing the network and keeping up to date. Just follow the onscreen instructions or read our user guidelines.
To access shared network space, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject ‘Remote VPN: request access to shared filespace’.
Note: Access to your H: drive through VPN is recommended when you need to retrieve files remotely. For more advanced actions such as remotely saving new documents to your H: drive, accessing Library databases and using MS Office and other programmes off-campus use the university’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). For more information on the VDI see our tip ‘Essential route to accessing some legal databases off campus. The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure‘.
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