BFTV Pulse Secure VPN

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Instructions and utilities for Faculty and Staff to create a VPN connection to access Campus Resources.

The BFTV cluster maintains a VPN to allow BFTV Staff to securely access Cluster Computers and Data. For Faculty and Staff in the supported Departments, they use the Library VPN. In order to access the servers remotely you must configure the Pulse Secure VPN client on each of the computers you plan to use to access the server. Below we provide instruction on configuring and using the Pulse Secure VPN client for most major operating systems.

Quick Setup (BFTV Staff Only)

For a quick setup, go to and log in with your UC Davis LoginID and Kerberos Password/Passphrase. It will download and configure the VPN for you. It is also recommended you change the name to "BFTV VPN" once it's complete. If that does not work, you may select the installer and instructions for your Operating System below.

Installing the VPN


Instructions for Mac OS X 

Mac OS X Installer

Windows OS 

Instructions for Windows

Windows 64-bit Installer

Adding a new VPN

Open your Pulse Secure client and click the [+] icon to add a new connection.
Press +

Configuring the VPN

BFTV VPN: BFTV Cluster Administrative Staff

For BFTV Administrative Staff to access access computers and remote drives: Enter BFTV Pulse Secure as the Name, and as the Server URL, then click Add.

BFTV VPN Settings

Library VPN: FST/TXC/VEN Users
Please note, there is a new UC Davis VPN that is unable to access off-campus resources such as library periodicals. You will need to use the Library VPN to access those, or access them from a computer on campus that you can remotely connect to. At this time we are note recommending switching over to We are working on allowing this to access departmental resources. Additional details:

To access off campus resources such as library periodicals and FST/TXC/VEN resources: Enter Library VPN as the Name, and as the Server URL, then click Add.

UC Davis VPN


After configuring the above setting, you should now be able to click Connect to access the VPNs and all the necessary resources.

When connecting, use your UC Davis Login ID and Kerberos Password/Passphrase. For example, if your UC Davis Login ID is jsmith, you will use that and your Kerberos Password/Passphrase. You will Not use your email address there, just the login ID.

Contact if there are any issues.

VPN Requirements

If you do not have anti-virus software on you computer, you will need to install an approved anti-virus software package on your machine before you can use the BFTV Pulse Secure VPN. The new VPN requires a valid anti-virus program to be running on your computer and be up to date. If you have questions about selecting an anti-virus software, please contact for assistance.