A Virtual Private Network allows you to become part of the UH Network, even when you're at home or on the road. The UH ITS VPN can be a useful way to gain access to restricted resources when you are on travel or at home, or to make use of UH's Internet connection as if you were on a UH campus.

The ITS VPN Service uses IPSec, the security plug-in for the Internet Protocol, L2TP, the Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, and PPP, the Point-to-Point Protocol. This style of VPN matches a standard set-up that can be configured in most versions of Microsoft Windows, as well as Apple Macintosh OS X (10.4.5 or later) (Including 10.6 "Snow Leopard"). When you are connected to the VPN, servers and resources on the University of Hawaii networks should work as if you are actually on campus, regardless of where you're connecting from.

Currently, the ITS VPN service can be used by anyone running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (service pack 2 or higher), and Windows 2000 Professional (service pack 4 or higher). Windows 2000 and Windows XP include a VPN client which can be used with this service. In order to use the ITS VPN service, you need:

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