Starting in March 2015, the IT team will upgrade the current VPN tools currently in use at UCSF.  For more information on the VPN Project and the impact on your existing VPN account, click here:
For all current VPN users, please note the following:
  • Linux users should continue connecting via NetworkConnect to until a Linux client is available for the Junos Pulse platform (est. October 2015)
  • The current VPN system will be decommissioned by October 2015.


VPN allows users outside of the UCSF network access to restricted resources (e.g., connecting to file shares, servers, desktops) on the UCSF network as if they are physically located on the UCSF campus..

Available to

Faculty, staff, students and affiliates with an Active Directory account. Affiliates may gain access through a departmental request.


  • Web Proxy - Access web-based services from any supported web browser
  • Network Connect - Connects your computer directly to the UCSF network allowing you full access to servers and applications.
  • iOS VPN - Full network connection option for Apple iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices through Junos Pulse.

Requirements for vpn@UCSF

  • A Windows, Mac OS X, or Apple device running iOS
  • An Active Directory credential


The vpn@UCSF service provides a fully encrypted connection between the client device (laptop, PDA, tablet, etc.) and the UCSF network providing access identical to systems connected with a cable in a UCSF facility.