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 and students

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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!

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The Virtual Private Network (VPN) enables Edinburgh Napier staff members to connect to their office PCs remotely via Remote Desktop.  This effectively enables staff to carry out all their work using a remote PC (e.g. home PC)  as they would on their office PC. 

All staff are automatically registered to use the VPN service, students do not currently have access to use the VPN.

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