UCSF VPN Web Portal

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UCSF VPN Web Portal

The VPN web portal provides secure access to UCSF networked resources without installing a desktop client. An ssl tunnel is created from your web browser to the UCSF VPN server. You can access websites, remote desktop sessions and other UCSF resources from inside the connected browser. Anything outside the browser is not secured.

Some common bookmarks are available. Users can create bookmarks to frequently used resources (i.e. iMedRIS, HBS, MyReports, MySoft, PeopleSoft, Weblinks, etc.)

How do I get connected?

Logon to the web portal at

How do I add bookmarks?

o In the Web Bookmarks section, click the plus sign that appears on the right hand side. In the Bookmark Name field enter the name that you want to appear in your Web gateway list for this connection; in the URL field enter the complete URL for the application you are adding. ClickAdd Bookmark. The new bookmark will appear on your homepage underneath the system-defined entries.


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o To add a bookmark to a terminal-based application, in the Terminal Sessions section, click the icon of the computer with a plus sign that appears on the right hand side. Select SSH, telnet, Citrix or Windows Terminal Services from the Session Type dropdown. Enter the appropriate information then click Add. The link will appear on your homepage.


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Some of my bookmarks stopped working.

Please make sure your bookmark is using a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name). For example you may have a bookmark that’s mapped to URL https://apexconnect .

This bookmarks needs to be updated to URL .

Another example is http://hr – since and are two different sites, your bookmark needs to be updated with FQDN of the correct site.

I can’t browse to a UCSF or UCSF Medical Center website

The Campus and Medical Center Domain Name Systems (DNS) are not integrated at the present time. Please use the website’s FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name). For example: