Welcome Back to Campus!
This guide should serve as a technical resource for Students, Staff, and Faculty as we navigate returning to campus after a prolonged period working remotely.
Before You Return…
Test out your NetID password
It may seem simple, but testing your NetID password can speed up your campus return.
If you AutoFill or save your passwords in a browser, please try manually typing your password.
If your password is forgotten or expired, you can reset it at account.uvm.edu.
Update your Computer
Whether you’re a Windows or a macOS user, updating your computer’s Operating System and any common software you use is a great first step to prepare for your campus return!
UVM-owned computers will have Managed Software Center (macOS) or Software Center (Windows) to help manage common software. You may need to connect to UVM’s VPN before these applications show an updated software updates list – see the dedicated section on this page.
To update your Operating System, follow the instructions in the links below:
Spend a day connected to UVM's Cisco AnyConnect VPN
Connecting to UVM’s VPN periodically is important for ensuring your MyDocs and Shared Drives are properly syncing. It also helps ensure your software and device management applications are running properly.
For Windows users, connecting to the VPN:
- Ensures you’re using your updated UVM credentials for auto-logon
- Renews your Windows license
- Renews some software licenses
When You’re Back in the Office…
Whether you connect to UVM WiFi or you use a wired connection, getting online is the first step to accessing most technical resources on-campus.
Reconnecting on an Old Device
If you updated your password in your time away from campus, your computer and other devices need your updated password to connect to UVM WiFi.
In most cases, your device will simply ask you for your updated password. If you aren’t prompted to enter your new password, try forgetting the UVM network, then use this guide to connect to UVM Wireless.
Connecting a New Device
Do you have a new device that is connecting to the UVM network for the first time? Check out our guide on Connecting to UVM Wireless.
macOS Users: Are you unable to connect due to a certificate error?
In April 2020, the UVM Wireless network received a new security certificate. If your computer is not automatically accepting the new certificate, follow these steps to Remove the Outdated Profile.
UVM Ethernet/Wired Connections
If you typically connect to the UVM Networking via Ethernet (hard wire/hard line), in most cases, it will work without issue.
If your Ethernet connection does not seem to be working, below are a few common reasons why:
Your network registration may have expired
In some buildings and offices, connecting via Ethernet also requires that your device is registered through UVM NetReg.
When you connect your computer to an Ethernet port on a NetReg subnet, your internet browser should automatically redirect to https://netreg.uvm.edu. You can also go there directly.
There may be an issue with your Ethernet port or cable
Try a different port – due to the limited number of physical connections on our networking hardware, some of your ports may have never been activated.
Try a different Ethernet cable – If you don’t have a second Ethernet cable, check with your department or supervisor. You can also purchase another Ethernet cable from the UVM Tech Store.
Check your CATcard’s expiration date – depending when you last updated your CATcard, it’s possible you will need to visit the CATcard Service Center to have it reissued.
If you have trouble connecting to your UVM printer, and you’ve double checked that it’s been plugged in and turned on, it’s possible you need to re-add the printer to your device. Follow the steps outlined in our Printer guide.
If you primarily use UVM’s MyDocs or Shared Drive to store files, consider spending a day connected to UVM’s VPN using Cisco AnyConnect. You may be over your storage limit if you haven’t connected to VPN recently. If you are over your limit, you’ll receive an email saying so.
You may also wish to try using OneDrive – available for both macOS and Windows users! OneDrive doesn’t require a VPN connection, and includes a terabyte of personal space, as well as plenty of collaborative space for use with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.
A number of departments and units converted to the new phone system using Cisco Jabber, upgrading from the old Nortel phone system. Check with your supervisor or department admin to see if you are one of these departments.
Those who have converted to Cisco Jabber may or may not have a physical phone. If your department elected not to purchased physical phones, check out our Cisco Jabber guide.