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.
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 (on Windows: type "Remote Desktop Connection" in search)
- Type in the name of your computer. (To find out the name of your computer Go to System Information on Windows.) Be sure to include .engr.local after the name of your computer (for example: name.engr.local)
- Select Use Other Account
- When it asks you for a log in, use your engineering account as ENGR\(your username) (for example engr\bourns)
File Access - Toaster, Z: Drive, and Department Servers (Windows, Mac)
If you want to access your files from home you must be using the engineering VPN first.
Then go to your File Explorer(NOT INTERNET EXPLORER OR WEBSITE BROWSER) and type in the following address:
If prompted to log in, use ENGR/(your engineering username). 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://toaster.engr.ucr.edu as the server address.
Map a Network Drive:
To map a network drive on Windows 10, first log into the VPN, then, open file explorer and click on the "This PC" icon in the folder pane on the left hand side of the window. The menu at the top will display "Computer." Click on it and click on "Map a Network Location." use \\toaster.engr.ucr.edu
It may ask you to log in, use ENGR\(your engineering username). 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.