ITS will be upgrading the University’s firewall system on Sunday May 7, 2017. This upgrade will replace the current firewalls with Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW). The NGFWs are high-performance network security appliances that add many new features and capabilities. The new devices will bring increased security to the campus community and greater flexibility to meet the university's business and educational needs.
The biggest impact to end users will be the method used for Remote Desktop access to workstations or servers. Starting on May 7, off-campus users will need to first connect to VPN (AnyConnect) before using Remote Desktop Connection to directly access their workstations. Remote Desktop services on RDS.unf.edu will be unaffected. Please review the situations below to see if you may be impacted by this change.
Am I affected by this change?
- If you login to RDS.unf.edu to access UNF software or your network drives, you will be unaffected by this change.
- If you already use AnyConnect VPN before directly connecting to your workstation, you will be unaffected by this change.
- If you use Remote Desktop Connection to directly access your UNF workstation, you will need to install AnyConnect software and set up a Virtual Private Network connection. Once you connect via VPN, you can then proceed with using Remote Desktop Connection to reach your UNF workstation.
- If you connect to an on-campus resource from off-campus that ITS may not be aware of, please contact your C-Tech or the ITS Help Desk by Monday, May 1. An example of this is if you are remotely accessing a service (or server) that you installed/configured, which resides on campus.
Any questions about the upcoming change can be directed to ITSecurity@unf.edu