You can access your departmental Celerra file shares using the UO-VPN service. First open a University of Otago VPN connection from your remote computer (i.e. a computer that is not directly connected to the staff network on campus) then you can securely access your Celerra departmental file share by adding them as:

  • a "network drive" (Windows) or
  • "connect to server" (MacOS X).

Please contact your departmental IT support staff if you need detailed instructions on how to do this. Additionally, space on the Celerras is generally assigned on a per-department or per-group basis, and there will often be internal protocols and practices that you will need to be aware of.

To access Celerra file shares via the UO-VPN service, your computer must be using one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows (XP SP3, Vista, 7 or 8)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Linux Red Hat 6 or Ubuntu 9, 10, 11 or higher

You must also have installed the Cisco AnyConnect University of Otago VPN software.

Mobile devices (such as iPhones or Android phones, iPads, or Android tablets) can be used to directly access Celerra file shares via the VPN, if:

  • the software used on the device to access the Celerra file share fully supports the SMB file sharing protocol (version 2.2 or lower), and
  • the device has the Cisco AnyConnect University of Otago VPN software installed


There is no native support on an iPad (ie. capability built into the iOS operating system) for accessing University of Otago departmental file servers and file shares via the VPN. These are the folders that you would usually access via:

  • Finder > Go > Connect to Server on a Mac computer
  • My Computer > Map Network Drive on a Windows computer
  • Places > Connect to Drive on a Linux computer 

In order to access your University of Otago file servers via VPN you will need to install a third-party application on your iPad. Many document handling apps have this functionality built into them so you may already have an app installed that can do this – look for "Access to file servers" functions in your installed apps.

Alternately there are a number of paid and free apps available in the Apple App Store, for example: GoodReader - PDF Reader, Annotator and File Manager which allows you to set up access to a file server on your iPad. ITS recommend that you discuss your software requirements with your departmental IT administrator or desktop support team.

Please contact AskOtago if you need any assistance with accessing your Celerra file shares using the UO-VPN service:

Tel +64 3 479 7000 or 0800 80 80 98

Last updated 07/08/2019 11.53 AM
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