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VPN Setup
The UCCS Resources VPN connects your UCCS or personal computer to the UCCS campus network and therefore only works off-campus.
  • This allows you to access University resources off-campus such as Columbia, Z drive (Faculty/Staff), Z drive (Students), CU-SIS or HCM, and OnBase.
  • If you are on-campus, please note it will not connect over ethernet, UCCS-Wireless, or UCCS-Guest as the VPN is not needed for on-campus connections.
  • You can contact the UCCS OIT Help Desk to confirm the VPN is setup correctly.

Step 1: Open the Wireless Settings

From the desktop, move your mouse to the lower-right of the desktop and open the charm bar. Then search your computer for PC settings.

Step 2: Accessing VPN Settings

From the wireless Network Settings, on the left side of the screen there are various tabs for settings, click on the Connections tab. From this new tab, click on Add a VPN connection.

Step 3: Adding the UCCS VPN

In the menu that pops up, you'll want to ensure that under VPN provider it states "Windows (built-in)", under Connection name it states "UCCS Resources VPN", and finally under Server name or address it states "".


Step 4: Click on the Network icon

Click on the Network icon in the lower right corner of your desktop and select UCCS Resources VPN; then click Connect.

Step 5: Access Excelsior, Enterprise, and Columbia

To access IT accounts or departmental shares, right-click on the Start icon in the lower right corner of your desktop and in the menu that appears, select Run. In the Run address bar, type:

\\\students for student accounts or,

\\\users for staff or faculty accounts, and

\\\dept for departmental shares, and press Enter.

Step 6: Disconnect Once Done

Remember to disconnect from the VPN by clicking the network/ wireless icon on the bottom right-hand side of the screen, selecting the UCCS Resources VPN, and clicking on Disconnect. This will also disconnect any connected network drives.