New Virtual Private Network

After a multi-month consolidation of the existing VPN networks at UCSF, the new VPN is now available for use for all remote access users (excluding Linux systems). This enterprise-wide tool offers greater redundancy, delivers a stronger encryption standard providing greater data security, and leverages a single sign-on for remote access users. To get started using VPN, visit: and log in using your Active Directory (AD) or SFID credentials.


Who Is Impacted?

Campus Clients

For Campus clients the new remote log in has changed to: Other updates for the Campus include:

  • User bookmarks and file settings are being carried over from the existing system.
  • The NetworkConnect desktop client is being replaced with Junos Pulse (see below for installation instructions).
  • The big news is that you can now logon using your network/email login (Active Directory and/or SFID credentials).
Medical Center Clients

Medical Center users will begin using Junos Pulse instead of the Cisco VPN client. Users will have access to the web portal User log-on credentials will remain the same.

Linux Systems

Linux clients will continue connecting to VPN.UCSF.EDU via NetworkConnect until the new Junos Pulse Linux client becomes available (estimated for late 2015). Linux clients will receive updates from UCSF IT in advance of the roll-out.


How do I Install Junos Pulse on My Laptop or Desktop?

Users with ITFS-managed desktops will receive the new client automatically. Other users can install the client by following the instructions at You will need administrator privileges to install the client.

The existing Campus and Medical Center VPNs will be available until Fall 2015, but VPN users are requested to use the new log-in ( which is faster and more reliable.

For more information, see our Service Page.