A virtual private network (VPN) is a virtualized extension of a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network 1.

UI ITS runs a Cisco VPN service that is your best option for connecting to campus. If you are not a UI Employee/Student, the RCDS VPN will allow you to connect to RCDS servers.

We have a VPN server that you can use to access RCDS servers from most locations. In order to use the VPN, you’ll need to request a certificate by logging into this website using your RCDS credentials. (the login link is in the upper right corner )

After logging in, near the bottom of the page is a button to request the certificate, which looks like: Request VPN key

After approximately 10 minutes your certificate will have been generated, and you can download it from the same spot.

VPN Client

You’ll need a VPN client to connect, the OpenVPN client works fine with Windows, and we recommend Viscosity for Mac users. After you’ve installed a client, double clicking the .ovpn file our server generates for you should import the connection.


After you connect with your VPN client, your computer is linked to the RCDS network and you can connect to the server of your choice with Terminal (Mac) or PuTTY (Windows).