The BSOE VPN service will be retired in early 2017, so we are now recommending use of the campus VPN service instead.  The BSOE VPN will continue to function until it is retired, but the campus VPN service provides equivalent access now and we recommend switching to it at your earliest opportunity.

BSOE VPN (Will Be Retired 12/31/2016)

All OpenVPN users should log in using their CruzID (without the @ucsc.edu part) and their CruzID Blue password. If you have not set your CruzID Blue password recently, you may need to update it through the CruzID Manager web site.

If you find you are unable to authenticate you may also need to activate your account for use with the BSOE VPN.

Windows and Macintosh Users

To connect to the OpenVPN server, please click here. The system will guide you through the installation of the Windows or Macintosh client and then connect you to the system.

Android Users

Android users who wish to connect to the OpenVPN server using an Android device must visit the Google Play store and install the OpenVPN Connect application. Please note that the OpenVPN application does not work with older Android devices. You should be running at least Android API level 14+ ("Ice Cream Sandwich") for the OpenVPN software to work. When prompted, enter the server name openvpn.soe.ucsc.edu.

iOS Users

iOS users who wish to connect to the OpenVPN server must visit the iTunes store to install the OpenVPN Connect program. The OpenVPN Connect program requires at least iOS version 5.0. When prompted, enter the server name openvpn.soe.ucsc.edu.

Linux Users

Linus users will need to install the OpenVPN client using their package manager. For RHEL and CentOS users, you can:

yum install openvpn

Once installed, you can visit the BSOE OpenVPN web site, log in, and then download the user-locked profile and then connect to the VPN using a command such as:

openvpn --config client.ovpn

These commands will need to be run as root, or under sudo, in order to work.