Windows Remote Access

If you are outside the CS trusted network, you will either need to use the Duke CS VPN or you will need to install stunnel to access your CS directories. Examples of this include access from home through your ISP, from the Duke wireless network or from a network at another school.

Using the Duke CS VPN

  1. Open a browser and visit
  2. Change the Department option to Computer Science and use your netid and password to login.
  3. Run the Cisco VPN installer as administrator, accepting all default settings.
  4. When the installation has completed, you can easily access your files by running the Cisco VPN client, setting the Department to Computer Science and logging in.
    You will then be able to access filesystems and printers as you do when connected to the departmental network. Just follow the instructions on Mapping a Network Drive. For more information on the Duke VPN, please see the following documentation.

Using Stunnel

  1. Download and install the latest stunnel client.
  2. Put the following files in the stunnel directory (typically C:\Program Files\stunnel).
    (These files are only accessible from machines within the CS network; if you need access to the files outside the department network please contact the Lab Staff.)

    The client.pem will allow you to establish the secure connection, and the stunnel.conf file has all of the serrting to connect to the servers, and use the client.pem file.
  3. You will need to uninstall File and Printer Sharing on your computer.
    • Open Control Panel → Network Connections → (select enabled network device) --> Properties
    • Select the File and Print Sharing services and select Uninstall.

Accessing Files and Printers via Stunnel

After you've completed the steps for Using Stunnel above, you can mount network directories on your computer or access printers by using the following steps: