Practicalities for the USI community

External access to profile, documents and applications

Bachelor, Master and PhD students, and academic and administrative staff working on the Lugano Campus can access their profile, documents and applications from off campus (remotely or in the cloud) in various ways.

  • Remote APP and Virtual Desktop (VDI)
  • VPN
  • Cloud applications and storage
  • FTP, SMB, SSHF 

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  • Remote APP and Virtual Desktop (VDI)

    This web-based system enables Lugano Campus users to:

    • access their profile via a Virtual Desktop (USI VDI), enabling them to “replicate” their work computer on an external computer;
    • use individual applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, USI Cluster), and access their own work files produced using these applications;
    • use scientific research programmes (SPSS, Stata, R) via USI 80 Core.

     

    Requirements

    • PC running Windows or MacOsx
    • Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari
    • Microsoft Remote Desktop (included in Windows or downloadable from the Apple Store for Osx).

     

    How to

    • Windows (if accessing the guide from outside the USI network, you need to log in using your CAMPUS account);
    • MAC (if accessing the guide from outside the USI network, you need to log in using your CAMPUS account).
  • VPN

    USI’s VPN system enables Lugano Campus users to access their documents (groups, projects, personal user) externally. The system can be used in different ways:

    • Web SSL

    Allows external access to one’s documents via VPN, without the need for any configuration. To connect, all you need is a latest-generation web browser (Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer). Go to the https://vpn.lu.usi.ch website, logging on with your CAMPUS account.

    • IPSEC

    Enables intensive users of the VPN service to configure the relevant IPSEC client on operating systems which so permit. The configuration guide is available here (if accessing the guide from outside the USI network, you need to log in with your CAMPUS account).

  • Cloud applications and storage

    All USI users working on the Lugano Campus are able to access cloud applications and storage space, such as:

    • the Office 365 package; for information on individual applications and how to access them, please read this article;
    • Dropbox, which can be used from USI Shared.
  • FTP, SMB, SSHF

    Lugano Campus users can access the system via FTP at ftp://ftp.usi.ch, by logging in with their CAMPUS account.

    For access via SMB or SSHF, please consult this page (to access the page, you will need to log in with your CAMPUS account).

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Updated on: 01/03/2018