Remote Access

Virtual Private Network

For privacy protection, all of engineering’s remote-access services use secure, encrypted communication. Accessing the campus network remotely requires that you create an encrypted network connection between yourself and the NC State network. To do this you will need to install the Cisco AnyConnect software on your off-campus machine and set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). OIT provides this software free of charge. For complete details, see their site at:

Launching the AnyConnect software requires you verify your identity using your Unity ID and password. When using the VPN service you are subject to NC State’s Computer Use Policy and VPN Acceptable Use Policy.

AFS Access

The file space allotted to your Unity ID can be accessed remotely using Filezilla, free, open source software that supports FTP, FTP over TLS (FTPS), and SFTP. The protocol used by engineering is SFTP. Once you have downloaded the program, configure it to connect to:

Use your Unity ID and password to login. By default your root folder will be your AFS home directory. Filezilla is specifically used to move files between your local computer and your AFS space. If you are transferring large or multiple files, a high-speed broadband connection is recommended.

Virtual Computing Lab

The Virtual Computing Lab, or VCL for short, is a service that allows you to remotely reserve a computer configured with a desired set of applications you choose. You can use all your favorite applications like MATLAB, Maple, SAS, SolidWorks, and many others in a Linux, Solaris or Windows environment. Connect using your preferred browser at:

Remote Desktop

Instructions on connecting remote desktop can be found here:

Connecting to your university computer with Microsoft Remote Desktop