Access to resources on campus should be mostly automatic. The following are guidelines for how to access Duke resources from off campus.
Many resources are web based and are accessible via login anywhere in the world. Examples include Sakai and Outlook Web App. Note that accessing these resources in an Internet cafe or on another public computer could expose your ID and password to an identity thief.
Your network files
You can access your files on your J: drive via Windows File Shares. In Windows right click on "Computer," select "Map Network Drive." Your J: drive can be accessed in the form:
Mac users should use the "Go to Server" function with this format:
- Log in using your NetID. You may need to prepend the Windows domain, e.g., win.duke.edu\[your netid]
- You must use the Duke VPN to access your file shares from off campus (see below).
Your office desktop computer
If you frequently need to use campus resources from home, you may find it simpler to use Remote Desktop to access your office desktop computer from another computer. This provides an experience as if you were sitting at your office computer. It may also be the best way to keep sensitive files where they belong. Contact the help desk for details on how to set up Remote Desktop on your office computer. Remote software is available for both PC and Macintosh.
Licensed databases and websites.
Most licensed library resources are available remotely via a system called EZProxy. Some links will automatically route you through EZProxy; to be sure you are using it, go to the Perkins or Goodson library sites to access these licensed resources.
If you need to access a resource that is not available off campus or through EZProxy, you should use Duke's Virtual Private Network (VPN); the Cisco AnyConnect software can be downloaded via https://portal.duke.edu. The VPN's "Default" option will give you access to restricted resources that are at Duke. The "Library Resources Only" option will give you access to resources around the world that require your connection to come from the Duke network. Note that your Internet connection may be slowed some and that you may not be able to access local network devices such as wireless printers if you use the "Library Resources Only" option.
- If you do not see a profile listed (such as "Duke VPN"), enter portal.duke.edu as your profile before connecting.
- If you encounter a licensed site that is not available through EZProxy but may be widely needed by faculty and staff, please let us know at the help desk. Such sites can be added to the "default" option as well.