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SSL Virtual Private Network

The MSU SSL Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides the MSU community with a way to connect securely to the MSU campus network.

This SSL VPN connection works from any location, whether in East Lansing or anywhere around the world.

Regular faculty, full-time staff, retirees, trustees, and graduate students can log in to the SSL VPN service using their MSU NetID at

Campus VPN

The SSL VPN service is available at no charge to regular faculty, full-time staff, retirees, trustees, and graduate students.

It is also available for purchase ($10 setup fee, plus $7 per month recurring fee billed to departmental account) for on-call employees and student employees. The supervisor or another administrator of an on-call employee or student employee must make the SSL VPN request by filling out the the form and including the NetID to be authorized and departmental account information.

Additionally, the SSL VPN service is available on a limited basis for undergraduate students living on campus. Students may request access in order to remotely access or administer their personal computer systems located within the campus residential hall or university apartments system.

The SSL VPN service is not available to holders of a departmental, group, or other shared NetID.


Using the IT Services-run VPN ensures a computer is given a secure path and it will appear to have an IP address local to the MSU campus network. If faculty or staff handle sensitive data as part of their work or research, a secure connection is important.

The SSL VPN acts as a secure tunnel from users' computers to the MSU campus network. This tunnel allows users to bypass restrictions which are present at the network border those imposed by various university or departmental servers on the campus network (assuming access is allowed).

There are limitations to this VPN tunnel. While the VPN provides access to MSU's campus network, it does not ensure an encrypted path between you and the servers your department may host. If you work with sensitive data online, get help from your local system administrator to make sure your communications are secure and encrypted.

The VPN allows users to connect to resources such as library databases that may require a computer to use an MSU campus address in order to gain access. Additionally, the VPN connection enables connection to some services that may have been restricted at MSU's Internet border.

Discrete point-to-point VPN

IT Services can consult on whether a local VPN may suit your local network needs. A VPN can span physical locations on campus so employees in several different buildings can still be part of one network.

A virtual firewall is also an option when it comes to virtual networking.

If interested in a local VPN, call (517) 432-6200 or toll free (844) 678-6200.