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Using the Syracuse University Remote Access (SURA) utility

SURA Remote Access Tool

  • What is SURA? 

SURA is a tool that automatically configures a Windows personal computer to securely connect to University resources via VPN. SURA can be used instead of the older Windows VPN configuration tool. Using SURA will allow you to:

  • Access University network drives (H and G drives)*
  • Easily establish a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection from nearly anywhere to Syracuse University's computing network
  • Find and connect to network printers *
  • Access your e-mail through a Web-based interface
  • Connect to your dedicated office PC through a Remote Desktop connection (staff/faculty) *

*  Your access to certain SURA functions may vary based on to your role at Syracuse University and your individual access privileges granted to you by your home department.

  • Who can use it?

Anyone with an active Syracuse University NetID account and a Windows 7, Windows XP or Vista computer may use SURA. Please note that Microsoft's .NET 2.0 framework must be present on your remote Windows XP computer for SURA operate correctly.

  • Where can I get it?

The SURA utility can be downloaded from the ITS Downloads Web page.

  • Why should I use it?

It gives students, faculty, and staff secure access to the data they need when and where they need it.

** A new version of the SURA (SU Remote Access) VPN utility has been released as of July 7 2016. Please update your SURA by downloading the latest version from website. Documentation is available on Answers:

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