Remote desktops and VPN

Software on the remote desktops can be used not only on campuses workstations and laptops, but also on your own devices on campus or at home. When you work outside the university, you can access AVD remote services without a VPN connection, but for other remote desktops install FortiClient or OpenVPN client on your computer.

OpenVPN Client (recommended for students)

For OpenVPN you need to create an eduvpn profile:

Please note that your eduvpn profile is valid for 2 years. Its creation date appears in the name of the profile. See how to check VPN profile validity.

FortiClient (recommended for staff)

Install FortiClient on computer or mobile for VPN connection:

The new VPN-portal (introduced Jan 2023)

If you do not have a VPN client (OpenVPN Connect or FortiClient), you will get a secure connection to the university network from outside it through the VPN Portal (use the link above). The VPN connection is obtained in the web browser, but there are very limited functionalities in comparison with the use of the client.

Through this VPN portal, you can access Terveysportti and Oppiportti services. The University staff can also use Lippu Remote Desktop services through the portal.

The old VPN Portal (will end after Jan 2023!)

If you do not have a VPN client (OpenVPN Connect or FortiClient), you will get a secure connection to the university network from outside it via this older VPN Portal during January 2023. In this case, the VPN connection is obtained through the window of the web browser, but there are very limited functionality in comparison with the use of the client.

NOTE: If you sign in the VPN Portal with your user account and password (light authentication), the remote desktops are not available.

NOTE: This older VPN Portal can no longer be used after January 2023. Read the news: Pulse Secure VPN will be out of service after January.

Strong SMS authentication

The use of the university's information systems and remote desktops is possible through the VPN Portal, if you use a disposable passcode in addition to your user account and password (strong authentication).

  • You receive a passcode as a text message, if you have set your mobile number in the service https://account.oulu.fi/vpn. You are identified through  Suomi.fi e-Identification service.
  • Only the numbers of domestic operators can be used.