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Using VPN for Remote Connection to Columbia University's Network

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The Cisco VPN Client software enables one to access the Columbia University network while off-campus.  If using a CCIT issued laptop then VPN can be used to run Columbia software remotely.  In most cases, the VPN will already be installed on the laptop.  If VPN is not installed on the CCIT issued laptop, then submit a ticket by emailing ccit@columbia.edu

To use VPN on your home computer, download the appropriate Windows VPN client:

For 32-bit Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7

For 64-bit Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7

Then follow these installation instructions. Note, some applications are not permitted for use on personal computers. Please contact if you have questions.

Using the VPN Client

  1. Launch the VPN client from the Start menu.


  2. Select the Columbia VPN option in the connection list.

  3. Click the Connect button in the upper right corner of the VPN client window.

  4. Enter your UNI credentials (i.e. what you use to log into PeopleSoft and MyColumbia) when prompted.

  5. When connected there will be a lock icon in the bottom right of the screen.


VPN is now running with a secure connection to Columbia's network. Applications such as Outlook, Onbase, PowerFAIDS, and other CCIT supported software can be used.