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Update your software before the new academic year begins

30 August 2021

If you will be teaching in person once again or will be working or attending meetings on campus, you can update your software from home so you won’t have to do so when you log in to the University network. To update your software from home, you need a secure connection to the University network. This means you will need connect via eduVPN Institute Access. To find out how, see below.

Connecting via eduVPN Institute Access

If you have a Windows laptop that is managed by the University and you haven’t yet installed eduVPN, you can do so via the Software Center. You won’t automatically have access to the Software Center from home. To gain access you will need to do the following:

  • Connect once with a special, temporary VPN connection
  • Once you are connected with this VPN connection, you will now have access to the Software Center.
  • Download eduVPN Institute Access from the Software Center.
  • Update your software.

For Macs and other devices, download eduVPN from the app store.


For detailed instructions on installing eduVPN Institute Access, see helpdesk portal knowledge item 1330.

Why eduVPN Institute Access?

EduVPN Institute Access enables you to work at home with eduVPN as if you were at the University and gives you direct access to the files on your P-drive and J-drive. It also gives you access to services such as SAP Self Service and Bloomreach and is more secure because you log in with your ULCN account and additional authentication (MFA). The helpdesk portal explains how to get eduVPN up and running on various devices. 

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