What’s the difference between the Virtual Desktop Service and the Virtual Private Network?
What's the difference between the Virtual Desktop Service and the Virtual Private Network?
Aimed at: Edinburgh Napier’s staff
The Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) enables staff and students to access an Edinburgh Napier desktop from anywhere, anytime on almost any device.
- Staff members can use the VDS on campus when working away from their staff PC or on another campus.
- Students may can the use the VDS on campus if there are no free on-campus PCs available or if they prefer to work in social areas.
- Both staff and students can use the VDS to work off campus to work from home, or even abroad!
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure tunnel through which staff members can log in to password protected University websites such as HR Connect.
The VPN can also be used by staff members to connect to their office PCs remotely via Remote Desktop, effectively enabling them to carry out their work using a remote PC (e.g. home PC) as they would on their office PC.
Students do not currently have access to use the VPN.
Please note: the majority of the University's online services can be accessed without being connected to the VDS or VPN. It is recommended that you connect to services directly where possible to avoid performance or access issues.
The following image explains what to use to access online services off campus: