SonicWall VPN Retirement: Transitioning to GlobalProtect

Beginning Thursday, December 15, the Princeton University community will no longer have access to SonicWall Secure Remote Access, a Virtual Private Network (VPN), due to its retirement by OIT. 

In its place, users requiring access to a secure connection between their devices and the campus network will need to use GlobalProtect.

A world map with each continent linked by a shield icon with letters VPN written across it.

What will be different?

GlobalProtect does not provide off-campus access to Library electronic resources (databases, eBooks, eJournals, streaming media, etc.) the way SonicWall did. Data files hosted on Princeton University servers (DSS, GIS, etc.), however, will be accessible off-campus with GlobalProtect. Instructions to connect to GlobalProtect can be found in the Service Now Knowledgebase.

What stays the same?

Library electronic resources are still available off-campus without a VPN. Many electronic resources, including those found in the catalog, Articles+, the A-Z Resources List, and Research Guides are configured to support off-campus access through a user’s NetID and password. No VPN is necessary to access Library electronic resources off-campus. 

What can alumni access?

A limited number of the Library’s electronic resources are available to alumni. Please review the options listed on our Alumni Access page

For more information, please see the LibGuide on using the Library off-campus.

Questions? Please contact: eSupport@princeton.edu

Published on December 9, 2022

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications