University of California, Riverside

Engineering Systems

Remote Access


BCOE Secure Network Access

We provide secure remote access to BCOE file server and desktop resources through the VPN, Toaster, and Z: Drive.


You can think of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as a secure data tunnel between your computer (either at home or while traveling) and BCOE and other resource networks. BCOE offers one type of VPN service: Cisco's AnyConnect Client VPN.

If you need to install the VPN follow the instructions here.

Connecting to the VPN

  1. Start the AnyConnect Client
  2. Log in to Log in with your engineering username and password.
    • For Windows: Will be visible on your systems tray
    • For Mac: Will be visible on your Dock

Disconnecting from the VPN

  1. Right Click on the icon in the systems tray or dock
  2. Then click "Disconnect"
    • For Windows: A disconnected icon will appear in your systems tray.
    • For Mac: The Dock icon does not change for Mac users.

Remote Desktop

If you want to be able to connect to and remotely control your computer at work from another location, you must first be in the network. First connect to the VPN. Then activate your remote desktop application (All BCOE Windows computers have remote desktop built in.) Type in the name of your computer. (To find out the name of your computer Go to System Information on Windows.)

File Access - Toaster, Z: Drive, and Department Servers (Windows, Mac)

If you want to access your files from home you must be in the VPN first. Then go to your File Explorer(NOT INTERNET EXPLORER) and type in the following address:


It may ask you to log in. By default some Operating Systems will try to use your local username and password to authenticate against our system; it will fail. You must use your Engineering username and password.

  • For Mac systems, you can connect to a file server directly using the Connect To Server feature of Finder.  To do so, from Finder, select Go>Connect To> and then enter smb:// as the server address.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Engineering Systems
Bourns Hall A344/308


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