Using VPN access to the university network under macOS

Many services of the ZDV can only be used within the university network. If your computer is outside the university network, you can connect it to the university network with VPN ("Virtual Private Network") and thus use most of the services of the ZDV.

❗ Before the first use you have to set up the VPN access to the university network on your Mac once. ℹ️

To establish or terminate an already established VPN connection, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the system setting Network
Initiate VPN usage
  1. Click on the desired VPN network connection in the list on the left.
  2. Click the button Connect.❗ With an existing VPN connection, this button is called Disconnect and ends the VPN connection.

If the option "show VPN status" in the menu bar is checked (see screenshot above: A), VPN-access can convenietly be switched on an off in the menu bar without having to open the system setting Network:

VPN usage via menu bar icon