With all of the changes in the way that ICT is being used in learning, there’s an increasing demand for staff to have remote access to university systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to limited parts of your system, but it is becoming increasingly common that a lecturer or another member of staff needs to have more comprehensive secure access to the university network. In the past, the solution for doing this was to implement a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which often has cost implications in both hardware and software terms, but with Windows 7 there are many other ways to provide secure remote access to your networks – giving you ‘Anywhere Access’. The key is that more technology to help is being built into the operating system, reducing the need for additional software.
There are a number of key parts in Windows 7 that can be used to create anywhere access for staff:
The information above is only a brief summary – to read more detail about each of these, then take a look at the Windows Team blog post “Understanding anywhere access with Windows 7”