Off Campus

VPN diagram

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection is a secure connection between your home PC to the university network.  

You will only ‌need to use a VPN connection from off campus if you want to access your university filestore (home folder) or any other network folders.

Staff wishing to connect to their Office PC from off campus, no longer need to set up a VPN connection.  Instead, please follow our instructions on how to use the Remote Desktop Gateway.

All other university services eg portal, Canvas, email, library resources, are web based so can be accessed from a standard web browser via your own ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Install   |  Connect   |  Get help


1.Install

There are two methods available to setup an off campus VPN connection.

Assisted Software Install

  • installer for Mac (run from Firefox not Safari)
  • installer for Windows (coming soon)

Manual Setup

If the installers above don't work on your device or if you'd prefer you can make a manual connection.  The settings you need to do this are:

 

 

Mac OS

Click the network icon on the top-right side on the Mac screen. Click "Open Network Preferences" in the menu.

Click the "+" button on the network configuration screen.

  • Interface : VPN
  • VPN Type: L2TP over IPsec
  • Service Name: UoS VPN

Click the "Create" button.

A new screen should pop up, fill in using the details below:

  • Server Address: extvpn.stir.ac.uk
  • Account Name: enter your university username

Click the "Authentication Settings" button.

  • Password : You can choose to enter your University Password This will auto log you on when you connect to the VPN, if left blank it will ask for a password on each connection.
  • Shared Secret: secret.

Click the "OK" button, you have now setup the VPN.

You can start a VPN connection by clicking the VPN icon on the menu bar in the top right ( black rectangle containing smaller white rectangles) and choosing UoS VPN.

 

Windows 7 

Click on “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Network and Sharing Centre”, then “Setup a new connection or network

Now click on “Connect to a workplace” > “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)”

  • Internet address: extvpn.stir.ac.uk
  • Destination name: UoS VPN
  • Click “Create”

You can start a VPN connection by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the task tray and then choosing “UoS VPN”.

Now enter your University username in the format:

  • STAFF and researchers -  stirlan\username, and your University password.
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students -   students\username, and your University password.

Click on “Connect” to complete the connection.

 

Windows 10

In the Cortana search bar type Control Panel, then press enter

 Go to “Network and Sharing Centre”, then “Setup a new connection or network

Now click on “Connect to a workplace” > “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)”

  • Internet address: extvpn.stir.ac.uk
  • Destination name: UoS VPN
  • Click “Create

You can start a VPN connection by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the task tray and then choosing “UoS VPN”.

Now enter your University username in the format:

  • STAFF and researchers -  stirlan\username, and your University password.
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught -   students\username, and your University password.

Click on “Connect” to complete the connection.

 


2.Connect

MacOS
You can start a VPN connection by clicking the VPN icon on the menu bar in the top right ( black rectangle containing smaller white rectangles) and choosing UoS VPN. 

You can then connect to your home folder by going to the Finder, selecting the Go menu and clicking on connect to server.  Enter the server address:

STUDENTS (UNDERGRADUATE / POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT):  
smb://wide.ad.stir.ac.uk/users/first letter of surname/username
When asked to login, enter the following in the username field students\ag001 (enter your own username here!)

STAFF and POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS
smb://server name.ad.stir.ac.uk/users/username
NOTE
:  the server name should be the name of the server your home folder is located on. One of: carron; ness; dochart; inchna; kelty or esk.
When asked to login, enter the following in the username field stirlan\ag61 (enter your own username here!). 

Research Drive - please see our page on connecting to your Research Drive from off campus.

 

 

Windows 
You can start a VPN connection by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the task tray and then choosing “UoS VPN”.

Now enter your University username in the format:

  • STAFF and researchers -  stirlan\username, and your University password.
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught -   students\username, and your University password.

Click on “Connect” to complete the connection.

You can access other university network folders by typing the path to the folder in the 'run' or 'search' bar under the Windows start button eg \\dochart\bigtemp (you must have permissions to access the folder).

 


3.Help

Please contact the Information Centre for help (infocentre@stir.ac.uk) or log a call via UniDesk self-service.

See our web page for university staff on working from home, for advice on how to remotely connect to your staff desktop PC.

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