Syracuse University Remote Access (SURA) is a tool provided by Syracuse University to automatically configure a Windows PC to securely connect to university resources via Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Using SURA you can access University network drives (H drive), connect to SU's VPN (virtual private network), use network printers at SU, and access your email via a web client.
SURA only runs on Windows. To configure a VPN for macOS, please follow the steps on the Configure VPN on macOS page.
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How to Use the SURA Utility on Windows
Download SURA to your Computer
Go to the SU Downloads page to obtain the SURA utility. When prompted, save the sura.exe file to a location you will be able to easily find again on your local computer (such as your desktop or documents folder).
Double-click on the sura.exe file. Enter your SU NetID username and password in the appropriate fields and click Connect.
Select an action
Depending upon your status with the University such features as Remote Desktop, Connect Drives, Open Email and Network Printing will be available through the SURA interface.
- Green progress bars will appear under the Remote Desktop, Connect Network Drives and Open Email buttons while the SURA utility is verifying its connection to these resources.
- Greyed-out buttons mean you do not have rights to that function.
Minimizing and Exiting the SURA Utility
When the SURA window is minimized or closed, all connections and functionality is maintained. You will see a small SURA icon running in the System Tray (icons to the left of the clock).
To fully disconnect the SURA utility from the University network, right-click on the SURA icon in the System Tray and select Exit and Disconnect.