VPN Instructions

Remote Access vs Remote Control

Using the VPN you can configure either remote access, remote control, or both.
1. Remote access is accessing websites (such as empcentre) or other resources such as the N: and printing while using a computer off-campus.
2. Remote control is using a computer off-campus to remotely sign into your office computer and control it. (note that your office computer must remain turned on when you wish to do so)

Initial steps to setting up remote control

If you only need to use Remote access, skip to “Configuring the VPN”. If you want to use remote control then first you go to the computer you wish to control (such as your office PC). You will need to do 3 things:

  • Enable “allow remote control” on that office PC. (video)
  • Make sure your windows account has a password. (video)
  • Find the network IP address of that computer. (video)

Configuring the VPN

There are 3 methods for using SSL VPN to access campus resources:

  1. Web Page with bookmarks
  2. Web page with Tunnel Mode enabled
  3. FortiClient installed on your home computer (recommended)

Common Information to connect to the Brandon University SSL VPN:

Address is https://buvpn.brandonu.ca

User ID and password is your regular BU username and password.

Method 1: Web Page with Bookmarks

  • Open your browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Safari) and go to https://buvpn.brandonu.ca
  • Login with your ID and Password
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  • Add bookmark for each resource.
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  • Click add button.
  • Enter Name, select type of service, & location
  • eg, Office Computer, RDP, 142.13.xx.xx
  • Click OK button

Name can be anything, location is a website address or a computer’s IP, service typically is HTTP for a website, and RDP for a computer

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  • Click the link to start connection.

Method 2: Web page with Tunnel Mode enabled

  • Open your browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari) (Note that Chrome 42 and up is no longer supported) and go to https://buvpn.brandonu.ca
  • Login with your ID and Password
  • Scroll Down in Tunnel Mode frame
  • Click on the download and install the plugin
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  • After the plugin is installed, and you have closed your browser and logged back into the buvpn site then frame will change to show Connect and Disconnect buttons (you may have to click on “Allow this plugin”)
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  • When logged in to the Web Page and Connect button is clicked, you can run Remote Desktop, VNC, SSH Mathmatica, SPSS applications on your computer and they will connect to Brandon University Addresses.
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Method 3: FortiClient installed on your home computer

  • Open your browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Safari) and go to https://buvpn.brandonu.ca
  • Login with your ID and Password
  • Click on the link for the appropriate client.
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  • Save and run to install Fortinet Client (select vpn only)
  • Enter buvpn.brandonu.ca in Server/Gateway Address
  • This connection will use your Brandon University Username and Password
  • Save your changes and Click Connect
  • You can run Remote Desktop, VNC, SSH, Mathematica, or SPSS applications on your computer and they will connect to Brandon University addresses.