Remote Work Essentials

The following is a basic set of resources and information to assist faculty and staff access university resources off-campus. Contact your local IT staff for assistance connecting to specific services your department uses.

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Password and 2FA Recovery Options

Your password and 2FA recovery option will ensure that you can easily reset your password in cases of emergency and resume access to University resources if you do not have your 2FA device.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

For faculty, staff, graduate/professional Students, Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is required to access a number of important university resources.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Most university resources can be accessed without the campus VPN.

For resources that do, including Banner, you can use the buttons below to install the campus VPN on your device.


Remote Software Access

UIUC AnyWare provides virtual access to over 100 software applications on multiple devices and systems including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. on campus or remotely.

Download Software

The U of I WebStore has free and discounted software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, that can be downloaded to your personal computer.

Video, Voice, and Chat

You must first enable Google Apps and Box on your account before attempting to use either of those services.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the primary phone communication tool for work-related calls, meetings, and chat messages.


Zoom is available to all students, faculty and staff, and enables online meetings and live course delivery. Visit our Zoom Essentials page to learn how to use Zoom and host meetings.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Meet is a video meeting application for informal group calls that do not require advanced features, such as recording, participant management, and breakout rooms.

Collaboration Tools and Cloud Storage

You must first enable Google Apps and Box on your account before attempting to use either of those services.

Microsoft (Office) 365

The Office 365 suite includes Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, and more.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams (“Teams”) is an effective collaboration tool that is included with Office 365. Teams offers chat rooms, file sharing and integrated conferencing in persistent teams spaces.

Get started with Microsoft Teams

Google Apps/Workspace

Google Apps includes Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Jamboard, and more.

Cloud Storage

All students, faculty, and staff have access to U of I Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive (sign in using your

Visit our Cloud Storage essentials guide for details to help you find the right solution for you.

Additional Resources