Remote Access

VPN and Remote Desktop & Applications

When connecting from off-campus, OIT offers several remote options based on your needs including the university's virtual private network (VPN) and using a remote desktop and applications (often referred to as VDI). Please note that you will be prompted for multi-factor authentication through Duo during login to the VPN or VMware Horizon for remote access. Registration and installation of Duo will need to be completed prior to using either option.

Working Off-Campus

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

In addition to using your university password to access theVPN, a second authentication method is required through Duo. To get started using the GlobalProtect VPN service you'll need to be sure you have registered first with Duo Security. Click on the Guide to using GlobalProtect VPN with Duo for multi-factor authentication for additional information.

  • Download and install the university's VPN based on the device that you want to use. Refer to the table below for your options.
  • Once you have opened the GlobalProtect client, enter your primary campus VPN portal:
    • CU Denver VPN portal is:
    • CU Anschutz Medical Campus VPN portal is:
GlobalProtect VPN Download OptionsGlobalProtect VPN Installation InstructionsNotes

Install VPN for Windows 64 bit

Note: Windows 64 bit is most common. If you're not sure which version to download after reviewing the How-to Guide, contact the service desk.

Install VPN for Windows 32 bit (if you have an older version of Windows)

How-to for Windows

View a short PC instructional video

For both PC and Mac, uninstall any older versions, reboot your computer, reinstall the most updated version, and reboot your computer. 

Install VPN for Mac OS X 10.11 or later



How-to for Mac

View a short Mac instructional video

Be sure that GlobalProtect can access the Mac keychains. Click "Always Allow" to give GlobalProtect full access.
Download and install the VPN client for your mobile device by going to the Apple App Store or Google Play.   
Install VPN for LinuxHow-to for Linux 

Remote Desktop and Applications

You can access university resources, including your regular work desktop, shared internal files, and folders by using the full downloadable VMware Horizon Client or the Horizon web client through your preferred browser. This remote option provides full connectivity to university resources, should you need that access, via a virtual windows desktop. Be sure to install and register for Duo first before starting the VMware Horizon Client. 

Please note that you will be prompted for multi-factor authentication through Duo during login to the VMWare Horizon environment. Registration and installation of Duo will need to be completed prior to usage. Guide for using Duo with VMware Horizon. 

  • You can connect to either your full Windows 10 desktop or launch individual applications published for you
  • We encourage you to use individual applications rather than the full Windows 10 desktop for better performance and a seamless experience 
  • To ensure maximum capacity and availability for other faculty and staff, please be sure to close applications and disconnect from the VMWare Horizon environment after use to free up resources
  • This option is designed for temporary sessions. Remember to save all files to your personal network drive, the H:\ drive or OneDrive for Business. 

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