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.Here is the Quick Reference Guide for VPN software installation and setup to 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 "".

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 VPN Quick Reference Guide.


Please ensure that the VPN software Pulse Secure has been installed as described in the previous step, and that the Duo Mobile app (or some other two-factor authentication method), also described above, has been installed and registered/configured.

For connecting to the HBS campus network, please follow the appropriate section on the VPN /Duo Quick Reference Guide. For example, to connect to the VPN with Duo Mobile 'push' using the smartphone mobile application, please see Section 3, steps 1 and 5 through 8.