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Planning Guide for Students

Do these things now

  1. Update your contact information
  2. Make a list of the tools you would need to work off-campus
  3. Make sure you have an active CougarNet account and update your password
  4. Identify your departmental technology providers
  5. Complete the planning checklist below
  6. If you are also a UH employee, complete the Planning Guide for Staff

Planning Checklist

  1. Identify the tools you will need to work off-campus
  2. Identify the files you will need to work on
  3. Maintain security practices when working off-campus

Detailed Instructions


Step 1: Identify the tools you will need to work off-campus

CougarNet Accounts

To access many UH tools, including the Virtual Private Network (VPN), you'll need a CougarNet account. If you already have a CougarNet account, update your password before you have to start working off-campus.

Virtual Private Network

To work off-campus, you may need access to the UH Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN requires an active CougarNet account. Use the list below to identify if the applications you use require VPN.

Tool Needs VPN Notes
Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Access) No You'll still need VPN access to get to shared network folders.
Other email clients No
myUH (PeopleSoft) No
Blackboard No
Library No* *May require VPN for access to specific databases
Home Drives
(H: Drives)
Yes Get Help Answer #405 can help you connect to your H: Drive, once you have VPN running.
On-campus Shared Network Folders Yes Get Help Answer #405 can help you connect to shared network folders on campus, once you have VPN running.
UH Software Downloads Yes Includes Anti-Virus downloads

These UH websites do not require VPN:

Collaboration Tools

UIT provides and sponsors multiple services to faculty, students and staff to enable collaboration whether you're on or off-campus.

Tool Needs VPN Notes
Blackboard No
IT Twitter No

Department-specific tools

For college/department specific software, please contact your professor or your college/department support person. For further assistance, please contact the UIT Support Center by calling 713-743-1411 or sending email to support@uh.edu.

Step 2: Identify the files you will need to work on

If you are working with files located in shared folders on the campus network, you will need VPN installed and running on your off-campus computer. In some cases, you may be able to use remote desktop to access shared files. Contact your departmental IT support person for more information about using remote desktop to access shared files.

If the files you are working with do not contain sensitive information, you might also use a USB jump drive, burn a CD, or send yourself email with the files you need off-campus.

Step 3: Maintain security practices when working off-campus

For more about Information Security, you can visit our IT Security web site or the Texas DIR IT Security web site.