Some Oxford University online resources (particularly web pages) can only be accessed by computers that are directly connected to the Oxford University campus network.
These restricted services include:
- Connecting to local departmental services
- HR Self-Service for accessing online payslips
- Some departmental and college pages, e.g. some IT Services Shop price lists
Access to these restricted resources from outside the campus network is provided via the IT Services Virtual Private Network (VPN) Service. A VPN connection provides your computer with virtual connection to the campus network — it then behaves exactly as it would if you were actually on-campus.
You will also need to use the VPN service if you want to connect to the University network using OWL for University members
In addition, you cannot access files via Microsoft file-sharing unless you are using a computer directly connected to the Oxford University Network.