VPN Services (Off-Campus Access and Dedicated Site-to-Site Tunnels)

Service Description


A Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides an encrypted connection (secure tunnel) from off campus to the UNC-Chapel Hill internal network. VPN enables the UNC-Chapel Hill community to access campus applications and work securely, just as if users were physically on campus.
-Access to some campus applications from off campus require the use of VPN (i.e. Remote Desktop, Shared Drives, Virtual Computing Lab, Virtual Lab and ConnectCarolina, etc.).
-Dedicated site-to-site VPN is an always-on VPN solution between campus and a remote location. It's suitable for department-connecting users at off-campus locations back to campus securely.

Users/Customers
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Service Provisioning
  • VPN clients can be downloaded from UNC website (http://help.unc.edu/vpn).
  • For dedicated site to site VPN request, please submit a ticket to ITS-NETWAN.
Supported Environment/Services

Cisco ASA AnyConnect and Cisco ASA hardware VPN are supported.

No cost for VPN client software users. For site-to-site VPN, the cost is calculated using the following formula: (The cost of hardware VPN) x 1.17 + (Number of hours) x (ITS-Networking hourly rate). The current hourly rate is $70. The current estimate total cost for a site-to-site VPN is about $1000, but it can be more depending on hardware selection, project complexity and distance.