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Working Remotely

  • NOVA student enjoying a pause in class

NOVA provides faculty and staff a secure method for connecting to the college network from off-campus locations. This allows access to files and software on college servers. All off-campus access to the NOVA network and servers requires that you use Cisco AnyConnect to create a secure VPN connection before you can login.

Please be aware that under no circumstances are employees permitted to store any sensitive work-related files on personally owned computers.  This includes documents and spreadsheets, databases, emails (both active and archived) and software applications that are licensed to either Northern Virginia Community College or the Virginia Community College System.

  • The Cisco VPN client has been pre-configured and is available for download with installation instructions at http://www.nvcc.edu/remoteaccess/.
  • Those who previously used Terminal Services (Remote Desktop) must connect the Cisco VPN client first. Remote Desktop connections to individual PC’s will not be permitted, only access to our dedicated Terminal Services Remote Application Server(s) will be available.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to have access to email via the web-mail interface with all the functionality of Microsoft Outlook as it is installed on their desktops. The ONLY difference is that archived PST files will not be accessible over the web. These PST files reside only on the PC or mapped network drive on which they were created. Get more information on how to access your email remotely, including your archive files.

This guide provides instruction on how to use these tools.

If you want to:

You need to use these tools:


Access college email, applications & files using a college issued laptop connecting to Cisco VPN


Access college email, applications & files – using a personal computer

Connect using Cisco VPN first and then open a MS Remote Desktop client session.


Check email remotely without using Microsoft Outlook (from a public or home computer)


Check email with iPhone, iPad and Android devices

First-time Exchange online ActiveSync directions

Exchange online ActiveSync troubleshooting

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