Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN will now use FortiClient VPN

FortiClient VPN by Fortinet has replaced Pulse Secure / Ivanti Secure. All users must use FortiClient VPN.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. VPN allows for a virtual encrypted connection to UNLV's network across the Internet. This link allows the transfer of information and data securely, giving access to campus resources that would otherwise be inaccessible. When connected to VPN, all Internet traffic is routed via the campus network.

The UNLV VPN is used by Faculty, Staff, and Students who need remote access to UNLV desktops on campus, as well as access to UNLV websites and systems that are not accessible from off campus.

Connecting to VPN should only be done when necessary

When using the VPN, all network traffic on your device is routed to UNLV first, and then the Internet. This will likely cause your Internet speeds to drop and cause some pages to take longer to load as all traffic must pass through the UNLV network.

Connecting to the VPN is not required for the following tasks:

  • Accessing X and Y Drives using Rebelfiles
  • Accessing Workday, WebCampus, UNLVMail/Rebelmail, or Library databases
  • Using RebelApps (VMware Horizon) to connect to campus computers
  • Joining online meetings

Connecting to the VPN is required for the following tasks:

  • Accessing specific servers, databases, or applications on campus
  • Connecting to your office desktop using Microsoft Remote Desktop

OIT requests users to refrain from using the VPN when not required and disconnect when it is no longer needed.

Requesting VPN Access

All active Faculty/Staff and students currently enrolled in classes automatically have access to the VPN. Group and Operator accounts do not have VPN access. Guest Accounts must have VPN access requested by their sponsor. For questions or for assistance with gaining access, contact the IT Help Desk.

Installing and Connecting to VPN

To connect to the VPN, you will need to download and install the FortiClient VPN on each device that you need to connect to the VPN. Verify your device meets the system requirements

Uninstalling VPN

If you need to uninstall FortiClient, make sure to use the proper uninstallers.

On Windows, FortiClient can be uninstalled in Settings > Apps or in the Control Panel.

On macOS, FortiClient can be uninstalled by running the FortiClient Uninstaller app which should be in your Applications folder.

Need Additional Help?

For additional assistance, please visit the Network and Wireless Connectivity knowledge base for additional articles or select a Related Service to submit a support ticket. You can also contact the IT Help Desk.


Article ID: 714
Mon 2/14/22 9:07 PM
Tue 5/16/23 11:48 AM

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