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Effective June 2014, access to PnC from off campus is enabled via the VMware Horizon View Client, which must be installed on your machine. VPN is no longer required for remote access to PnC.
How to install the VMware Horizon View Client
The Horizon View Client is available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operating systems (Mac currently requires OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or newer). If you have already installed it, skip these two steps. If not, proceed:
- Point your web browser at https://desktop.uvm.edu and select “Install VMware Horizon View Client” from the left side of the screen to download the installer that matches your operating system.
If you are installing on a Windows computer you might be prompted to choose an installer based on whether you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. Not sure? This Microsoft web page should automatically detect the answer to that question for you.
- After it is downloaded, double-click the installer file to install the Horizon View Client software.
How to Run PnC Remotely
- Start up the VMware Horizon View Client that you installed earlier.
- Double-click the desktop.uvm.edu server.
(If you don’t see that option, select “Add Server” and enter the name “desktop.uvm.edu”–without the quotes–and click Connect.)
- Log on to the desktop server with your UVM NetID and password.
- Once logged on, double-click “CHWB Remote PnC” to start a session.
- Next, log on to the remote computer.
- Double-click the Point & Click icon on the remote desktop to run PnC. Once it is up and running, you might want to press F2 to set your current location to your usual one.
- To use email during your remote session, double-click the UVM Web Mail desktop icon. Other email clients (Thunderbird, for example) are not feasible with UVM’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
- Look on the Start Menu for access to Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint), your Documents, and the Share Drive (under Computer). Warning: do NOT save documents to the Desktop of the remote machine: Desktop files are not preserved at the end of a remote session.
How to End Your Remote Session
When you are done:
When you are working off campus, UVM requires a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection to secure access to many on-campus computing resources, like the CHWB Share folders or the PnC electronic health record system. The VPN encrypts everything between here and there so that passwords, protected health information and other important data stays in the right hands.
Yeah, okay, so what’s new?
Here’s what: UVM is phasing out the traditional Cisco VPN client (icon seen on the left) in lieu of a more streamlined approach.
In fact, if you start up the traditional VPN software these days, odds are you’ll see an ominous warning that says “This VPN is being removed from service in the near future.”
Luckily, there is a new way of doing things. The next time you need to make a VPN connection, just open a web browser–like Firefox or Internet Explorer–and go here:
After logging on with your NetID and password you’ll be prompted to install the “Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client” on your computer.
After the AnyConnect client is installed, just sign in at https://sslvpn.uvm.edu to fire up a VPN session. It’s pretty easy.
What the heck is a VPN anyway?
VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network.” When you connect to UVM with a VPN client, you are basically creating a tunnel between your computer and the resources you are connecting to. Even though a VPN uses a very public network (the internet) to make this connection, the data streams are protected in such a way that they might as well be travelling through a single, highly secure, dedicated wire. Virtually like using your own private network.