Use VPN Software When Necessary


In order to connect to the Research Grid from on-campus, you must be connected to the HBS Network via a wired ethernet connection or via the HBS Secure Wireless Network.


From off-HBS-campus, the HBS grid can only be accessed through a virtual private network (VPN) connection. A VPN ensures that all communication between your computer and grid resources are encrypted. VPN connections to the HBS network are made using the Pulse Secure software.

VPN Software

Harvard University is mandating that all persons accessing sensitive systems use two-factor authentication as a part of their login process. If you have been using VPN software issued prior to October 21, 2016, you will need to remove the old version and download the most recent version (at URLs below) that include the two-factor enhancement.

Here is a Quick Reference Guide for VPN software installation and setup of enable two-factor authentication.

**Please note that as of April 13, 2017, you will be required to use your username + "". For HBS personnel, your VPN username will be your HBS email, or "". For HBS compute grid/research storage guest users, your VPN username will be your guest username in HBS email format, or "".**

For HBS laptops/desktops issued after 10/21/16, and guest accounts issued after 10/21/16:

Persons with HBS-issued desktops and laptops may already have the necessary software. If you need to re-download, re-install, or download a new version of the software (e.g. VPN with 2-factor), it can be found here.

Collaborators should have received the software with their account information. The software can download Pulse Secure (with two-factor) for PC or Mac. Please refer to the installation and set-up instructions for VPN and two-factor authentication in our Quick Reference Guide.