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Pitt VPN (Pulse Secure) (UPMC Workstations): Network Connect


The Pitt VPN (Pulse Secure) Service allows users with University of Pittsburgh credentials to access restricted University online resources from UPMC workstations. Pitt VPN encrypts traffic between your computer and the University's network. If you use a workstation and have a University Computing Account username and password, you can connect to the Pitt VPN service using one of two connection methods: Web Connect or Network Connect. This page explains how to use the service in Network Connect mode, which can be used to access a UPMC department’s network resources, such as servers, printers, and desktop PCs.

Before You Begin

Before you get started, keep in mind that:

  • You must be approved by your Responsibility Center Administrator to access Network Connect.
  • To arrange to have a Network Connect role configured for your computer, contact the 24/7 Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357).

Using the Pulse VPN Client with Network Connect

The Pulse VPN client is the recommended method for establishing a remote desktop connection to your office computer or for accessing departmental databases and servers that reside behind network firewalls. It is easier to use and delivers faster performance than the existing Network Connect client. You can download the Pulse client from the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Please note that you must have administrative rights to your computer to install the Pulse client.

Note: Individuals with sponsored accounts are not able to download Pulse VPN from the Software Download Service. The department sponsoring the individual's account will need to provide the Pulse VPN client to them.