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Remote access to computer systems changed

08-03-2010


Sacramento State is making it easier for the campus community to access files and computer-based services remotely.

Sacramento State is making it easier for the campus community to access files and computer-based services remotely.

In the past, the only method available to access files and services from off-campus was through use of a cumbersome VPN process, says Greg Porter, director of Information Resources and Technology's Networking and Telecommunications.

Now, web-accessible services such as e-mail, CMS and SacCT can be accessed by logging into the MySacState campus web portal at my.csus.edu, and personal computer files can be accessed from off-campus through the SacFiles process.

 "The first step to access your personal computer files is to move them to the campus-wide network where they are more secure and also accessible from anywhere," says Porter. "After a quick setup, you are ready to go with a ‘drag-and-drop' file process just like the one on your computer itself."

Instructions on accessing personal files are available at www.csus.edu/Sacfiles.

Accessing files from on campus is just as easy, even when using a wireless network, Porter says.

"If you switch to SacLink Secure Wireless as your default wireless method, all your transmissions will be encrypted and secure, plus, use of wireless provides the ability to ‘roam' with your wireless device and doesn't require a VPN login process. Also, with SacLink Secure Wireless, you won't have to log into the system manually every time," he says.

To switch to the default use of SacLink Secure, visit www.csus.edu/SacSecure.

The current VPN system will be deactivated Aug. 15, and users still needing specialized services will be moved to a new SacVPN service. "The change saves the University licensing costs and the cost of support, while offering users simpler, more user-friendly access," Porter says.

More information on VPN is available at Remote Access FAQs, or by contacting the service desk at 278-7337 or www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk.

Also, as of June 30, SacLink dial-in service for internet access has been discontinued because of high cost and low use. People who need assistance because of the change should contact the IRT Service Desk at 278-7337, or visit www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk.