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VPN Setup - Working from Home

If you would like to work from a personal computer, on or off campus, you will need to install the VPN client. This will allow you to access UF network resouces such as printers and your network folders like the T Drive, and also allow you to use Remote Desktop to connect to your work PC.

Setting Up a VPN Connection - Cisco Anyconnect Client

To get started using the Anyconnect VPN client, simply browse to https://vpn.ufl.edu. Once you authenticate with your gatorlink account, the VPN client will be automatically installed onto your machine. Prior to installation, please read the Gatorlink VPN Installation Instructions. Some clients require minor changes to the browser or operating system to install properly. Once the client is installed, you will want to review the Gatorlink VPN Operations Guide for more information on using the client.

Accesing Network Folders

Once you have installed the VPN software and connected to the UF network, you access your network folders one of two ways. You can either browse directly to the folder, useful if you just want to grab a file real fast, or map a drive to the folder, if you need to access a lot of files over a longer period of time.

To browse to a network folder, open any window that has an address bar (such as Computer), and type one of the network folder addresses below. There can be slight delay when connecting to these folders from off campus, so give it a minute once you hit enter, as it may seem like it isn't doing anything.

Browse

Once it connects, a box will pop up asking for you to login.

Login Box 1

You MUST enter UFAD\gatorlinkusername in the username box, and your gatorlink password for the password.

Login Box 2

To map the network drives for continued use:

  1. Open up your Start Menu, Right-click on Computer, and select "Map Network Drive..." from the menu.
  2. You will see the following window appear:
  3. For the Drive letter, select T:
  4. For the folder, put this address: \\ad.ufl.edu\ifas\wec\groups\
  5. You will be prompted for your username and password, you need to enter UFAD\gatorlinkusername in the username box, and your gatorlink password for the password. Login Box
  6. Select Finished.

Similar instructions are needed for the U: drive.

  1. Right-click on your My Computer, and select "Map Network Drive..." from the menu.
  2. You will see the following window appear:
  3. For the Drive letter, select U:
  4. For the folder, the address is based on username, in the format \\ad.ufl.edu\ifas\wec\users\gatorlinkname\, where your gatorlink name would be what you login to the network with. For example my folder would be \\ad.ufl.edu\ifas\wec\users\barnasht\ .
  5. You will be prompted for your username and password, you need to enter UFAD\gatorlinkusername in the username box, and your gatorlink password for the password. Login Box
  6. Select Finished.

Here are the common folders we use:

Remote Desktop

You can access a work computer from home, as long as the work computer is on and not set to sleep. Before you can remote connect you must be connected to the VPN. You will also need the name of your work computer to connect to it, see below to find your work computer name.

On your work PC, open your Start Menu, right click on Computer, and select Properties from the menu. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup section, your Computer name is listed. You will need the full address, computername.ad.ufl.edu.



To estable a remote desktop connection, use the Remote Desktop tool in Windows, which is located in Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection. Once you have your work computer's name, type it into the Computer field and hit connect.

Remote Connect

Once it connects, you will be prompted for your username and password. The username and password that will be currently entered will be your home pc information, so click on use another account. You MUST enter UFAD\gatorlinkusername in the username box, and your gatorlink password for the password.