The SECS VPN (virtual private network) at remote.secs.oakland.edu allows you to "log in" to the SECS network.
It is highly recommended that you watch our VPN YouTube video if this is your first time connecting.
The VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to access SECS network resources from outside the OU network. Connecting to the VPN is equivalent to stringing a long cable from your home to Oakland University's SECS network. This allows for software to be used without licensing conflicts as well as restricts the off campus use of resources to only Oakland students and faculty.
While we make our best effort to provide remote access services to SECS users, by the very nature of remote access it is inherently unreliable. In addition we have a 50 concurrent user cap that may be reached during peak usage time. Our stated goal is to achieve 98% availability. Also while we will provide a troubleshooting guide and basic troubleshooting help through our issue tracking system, it is the end user's responsibility to get the vpn working on their own machine.
The following is a helpful list of what is available on and off campus. Services with asterisks mean a SECS VPN connection is required to access them from off site.
SECS Network drive (H: drive)
New General Purpose Linux Servers+ Compute Cluster
Computer lab access
Non-faculty PC access
Access to a faculty members PC is available through the University VPN (not SECS) by request only. Form is available from https://forms.oakland.edu/
There are two methods for connecting to the VPN, the client method and the web browser method. The Client is more reliable than the web browser method because of possible java plugin conflicts. On the other hand, the web method is easier to set up, and has a userful portal. Both have strong points, and both are readily available for use by SECS students and faculty.
Please keep in mind there is very limited support for Linux users at this time.
Enter remote.secs.oakland.edu and click next
Log in with your SECS username and password
The SSL is web based. That means all you need to do to access the VPN is login with your SECS account to the website remote.secs.oakland.edu. After you press "log in" follow the prompts to run and install the VPN client software. Once the install is completed you should see "Acess: Full Network Access" on the top bar. As long as you leave the browser open, you will be connected to the SECS network. In addition to providing tunnel network access, the VPN website also provides an easy way to download and upload to your SECS network drive.