Virtual Private Networking-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Virtual Private Networking

Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection, called a tunnel, between your computer and the server. This tunnel allows secure communications and the ability to extend local network access to offsite locations.

IMPORTANT: VPN does not eliminate the need for an Internet Service Provider (ISP). You must have a valid internet connection before you can connect to the VPN server.

VPN at Carnegie Mellon

Cisco AnyConnect VPN is the VPN client available for connecting to Carnegie Mellon resources off-site. You will need a VPN connection for the following:

  • If you are off-site and need to access a service that is restricted by IP address (e.g., restricted Library services, databases or campus printers).
  • If you are using an application that does not provide secure transfer of data from an off-campus location.
  • If you are using a wireless connection on campus and you're sending information that should be secured with an encrypted connection.
  • If you are accessing a service which exists only on a restricted subnet.
 Sample Services



At Home



Library Licensed Resources


Windows File Shares

Campus Printers (Departmental and Andrew) x    

CMU Restricted Software


Administrative Computing Services (SIS, DecisionCast, HRIS)



Some services.*

*Some Administrative Computing services require a VPN connection on and off campus. If you are not sure whether you need a VPN connection for a particular service, contact your System Administrator or the Computing Services Help Center at

Last Updated: 6/21/16

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