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Technology at SCU



Information on the Campus Network

The VPN service is available to staff and faculty at Santa Clara University.

When using VPN from off campus you will be able to access resources that are only available while connected to the SCU network.

Instructions for installing and using the VPN client software are here:

The first step in troubleshooting for internet slowness is to rule out your own computer. Check your system for any spyware and run your anti-virus software.  If you have access to another browser on your computer, try that and see if it makes a difference. If you have access to a second computer, give that a try. Note the differences, if any, on the steps you are trying.

Once you have ruled out your system. Do the following:

  1. Write down the site you are trying to go to (including the URL and the date and time you try).
  2. Check your network performance using an off-campus speedtest and note the download and upload speeds you get.
  3. Go to some "on-campus" web sites such as Note how long it takes to load the page. This can indicate if the problem is localized to SCU or not.
  4. Do the same thing for several well-known "off-campus" sites such as,,, or Remember to note the time it takes to load the pages. These are generally known, well performing sites and if they work well, it indicates that the problem is likely related to the original site you were trying to reach.
  5. If you have an alternate web browser, try accessing the site with it. Some problem may be unique to a particular browser. Some sites require a particular browser for best results.

If you are still experiencing a problem, contact the Technology Help Desk. All the information you noted will be helpful to us to try to track down, isolate, and fix the problem. It is especially helpful to have the date, time, and web address of site for each time you experienced the problem. If you do see a difference between "on-campus" and "off-campus" locations, please let us know which is slower.


In order to receive a SCU Username and Google Apps (E-Mail) account, the Network Account Form must be filled out and signed by each faculty and staff member. Student accounts are authorized by the appropriate school. If you are a new faculty or staff member, you can print out the two pages below and fill out page 1 and sign page 2. You can either drop the forms off in person at the Technology Help Desk or e-mail the forms to

To request a DNS Entry and/or Static IP Address 

Policies and Guidelines for network communication and email.

  • SCU Network and Communications Policies and Guidelines
  • Student E-Mail and File Storage Retention Policy

We have moved away from the shared folders under the Novell network system to a new shared drive system under Microsoft Active Directory.  They are more compatible with Windows and other operating systems, more reliable and easier for IT to manage.  Here is the information you need to properly map and access the network drive shares whether your on a Mac or on a Windows system.

See Instructions for How to Map a Network Drive