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SPU provides multiple tools to allow employees to access on-campus services and resources while working remotely as well as for CIS to manage the security and performance of SPU-issued computers.


Note: Remote Access tools, such as VPN or Citrix, may not be needed for many business activities.


  • Workstation updates, maintenance, support: 
  • Departmental file shares (ie. Matthew) and MyDocs synchronization relies on VPN access when off campus.
  • Some on-campus applications (e.g. EMS, StarRez) require VPN access when working remotely.access 

In general, the SPU-AOVPN is our general-purpose VPN that is/will be deployed to all CIS managed computers. Other VPNs are department-specific based upon special use cases. 


The Fortinet VPN was a stop-gap solution for faculty and staff that was launched during Fall 2020.  This VPN is scheduled to be deprecated July 2022.

Remote Desktop


In addition to the VPN remote capabilities noted above, we also deploy Remote Desktop Connections that allow employees to login to their on-campus desktop devices from home or other remote locations.  This must be enabled individual per user and computer.  Please read here for more details: Remote Desktop Connection.

Citrix - Expected deprecation Summer 2022.


Citrix is an online service for Faculty and Staff that allows you to access your SPU My Documents, Departmental File Shares, and other SPU specific applications from a personal device with internet access.  Citrix can also be used to connect to your on-campus desktop device. As noted above, we are attempting to discontinue Citrix in the near future.

For more details, including instructions on how to connect: Citrix Remote Access