Do these things now
- Update your contact information
- Talk to your supervisor about which of your duties could be completed off-campus
- Make a list of the tools you would need to work off campus
- Make sure you have an active CougarNet account and update your password
- Identify your departmental technology providers
- Complete the planning checklist below
- Identify the tools you will need to work off-campus
- Identify the files you will need to work on
- Maintain security practices when working off-campus
Step 1: Identify the tools you will need to work off-campus
To access many UH tools, including the Virtual Private Network (VPN), you'll need a CougarNet account. If you already have a CougarNet account, update your password before you have to start working off-campus.
Virtual Private Network
|Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Access)||No||You'll still need VPN access to get to shared network folders.|
|Other email clients||No|
|Voicemail||No||Phone; mailbox number (usually extension) and password|
|PASS / MyUH
|Yes||Get Help Answer #405 can help you connect to your H: Drive, once you have VPN running.|
|On-campus Shared Network Folders||Yes||Get Help Answer #405 can help you connect to shared network folders on campus, once you have VPN running.|
|Web Server||Yes||SFTP & SSH|
|Remote Desktop||Yes||Remote computer access
for Windows users
|VNC||Yes||Remote computer access
for non-Windows users
These UH websites do not require VPN:
You may need special equipment to complete your duties off-campus. Your supervisor can determine what you need to maintain the same level of service. Talk to your supervisor before a situation forces you to work off-campus.
UIT provides and sponsors multiple services to faculty, students and staff to enable collaboration whether you're on or off-campus.
|Conference Bridge||No||For more info, see
For college/department specific software, please contact your college/department support person. For further assistance, please contact the UIT Support Center by calling 713-743-1411, or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Identify the files you will need to work on
If you are working with files located in shared folders on the campus network, you'll need VPN installed and running on your off-campus computer. In some cases, you may be able to use remote desktop to access shared files. Contact your departmental IT support person for more information about using remote desktop to access shared files.
If the files you are working with do not contain sensitive information, you might also use a USB jump drive, burn a CD, or send yourself email with the files you need off-campus.