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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).

Launch SURA

Double-click on the sura.exe file. Enter your SU NetID username and password in the appropriate fields and click Connect.

SURA login

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. Note: 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 buttons mean you do not have rights to that function.

SURA Action Options

Remote Desktop Connection

Enter arch-remotelab.syr.edu in the Computer box and click Connect. 

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After you are done with your remote session, please click on the X on the blue bar at the top of your screen to exit your remote session. Do not shut down the lab computer.

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Options and Settings

One important configuration option is available under the Tools > Options menu. Check the box next to 'Remember Last Remote Desktop Connection', to save having to enter in your computer name each time.

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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).

Exiting the SURA Utility (recommended)

To fully disconnect the SURA utility and your remote computer from the University network, right-click on the SURA icon in the System Tray and select Exit and Disconnect. 

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