UTokyo VPN

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Introduction

UTokyo VPN is a VPN service available to all the faculties and staff of University of Tokyo. When a device is connected to the UTokyo VPN from outside the campus, the device communicates via the VPN gateway installed at the Information Technology Center. Thereafter, the device virtually connects to the UTNET - the University of Tokyo campus network.

To use UTokyo VPN, first install AnyConnect, a VPN client application, on your device. When the installed application is launched, it connects to the VPN gateway through the UTokyo Account authentication process, allowing communication from the device to the outside world through UTNET via VPN.

Access to e-journals

You cannot access e-journals via UTokyo VPN. Please refer to the EZproxy page on the library website for information on how to use the e-journals, e-books, and databases that the library subscribes to from outside the campus.

Requirements for use

Eligible user: University of Tokyo faculties, staff and students having a UTokyo Account.

Device Types and OS for VPN: UTokyo VPN is accessible on the following versions of Windows and macOS. Moreover, iPhone, Android, and other smartphones can be used other than the PC, however, currently we do not provide manuals or support for them.

Information Security Education

It is mandatory to take an information security course to use the UTokyo VPN. If you have not attended the annual Information Security Education, please contact: jouhousecurity.adm __at__gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp (change __at__ to @).

I arrived after the period of the Information Security Education was over You can use the UTokyo VPN from the time you arrive. Please read the "Information Security Education Materials" on the Information Security Education page carefully before using UTokyo VPN. If you have not completed the Education, you face the risk of being banned from the VPN connection sooner or later.

Enable Multi-factor Authentication

To use UTokyo VPN, you are required to enable multi-factor authentication for your UTokyo Account (please refer to Using multi-factor authentication for your UTokyo Account). Thereafter, enable multi-factor authentication for your UTokyo Account (Multi-factor UTokyo VPN will be available 40 minutes after you apply for the authentication).

How to use UTokyo VPN

The following pages explain how to install the VPN client application on your device and connect to UTokyo VPN for each operating system. Note that UTokyo VPN can be configured outside of the campus.

FAQ

Q. I want to use a local printer even when connected to UTokyo VPN.

When you are connected to UTokyo VPN, the communication to the local network to which your computer is connected also goes through the VPN. Click the gear button on the bottom left of the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window. The following window will appear. In the “Preferences” tab of this window, check the “Allow local (LAN) access when using VPN (if configured)” check box.

Q. Does “UTokyo faculty and staff with a UTokyo Account” mean those who are employed by UTokyo? Or does it include temporary staff, visiting researchers, and others who are working or conducting research at UTokyo?

A. In addition to the former category, it includes temporary staff, visiting researchers, and others who are working or conducting research at UTokyo.

Q. Can I access the employee ID card issued and employment management system from off-campus?

A. Yes, you can access the employee ID card issued and employment management systems from off-campus by connecting to the UTokyo VPN.

Q. Will I be able to view internal departmental websites?

A. No. It depends on the access restrictions of your departmental site. You are required to ask your department.

Q. Is it necessary to get a new account every six months like a UTokyo WiFi account?

UTokyo VPN authentication is done with a UTokyo Account, not a UTokyo WiFi account. Therefore, you can continue to use UTokyo VPN without changing it. However, users are required to complete an information security training session, annually.

Regulations (only in Japanese)

Inquiry

Please contact via Techinical Support Desk.