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Information Technology is providing recommendations on tools and settings to work from home. For the best experience you should setup and test your system before solely relying on it.


Even when working remotely, consider OSU's Appropriate Use policy as well as state and federal laws like FERPA and HIPAA.


  1. Before you leave
  2. Staying Connected
  3. Maintain security
  4. Services
    1. VPN
    2. Remote Desktop
    3. Productivity
    4. Communication and Collaboration
    5. myOKSTATE
    6. Canvas
    7. Data Storage
    8. Virtual Labs

Before you leave

Look through this list of common tasks. Your needs may differ depending on the nature of your work. Your department's IT staff may have additional steps or resources available.

Ensure your home computer is up-to-date and working properly. Some steps include:

  • Enable antivirus software. (Windows 10 comes with one automatically.)

  • Check for and apply any software updates.

  • Install Office 365 which includes tools like Word, Excel, and Skype for Business.

  • Test connecting to your work computer using Remote Desktop.

Staying Connected

Right now, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are making accommodations for customers having trouble paying their bill. OneNet has a list of local ISPs and how they are assisting Oklahomans. If you experience difficulties, call your ISP. If you are near another higher education institution, they may have ‘eduroam’ Wi-Fi. If they do, you can connect to their ‘eduroam’ Wi-Fi using your O-Key account. View the eduroam Wi-Fi map. Make sure you observe local emergency declarations like shelter in place, before leaving your residence.


Maintain Security

Be cautious of emails received while working from home. Confirm that messages from OSU members do NOT contain the "External Email" notification. The "External Email" notification will never appear on emails from OSU members.  Also be wary of clicking any links contained in unsolicited emails.  If you are unsure if an email is legitimate, please forward a copy to  We will check the email and respond as soon as possible.



A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that protects network traffic. When using OSU's VPN your traffic is sent through campus even when at home or another location. When away from campus using OSU's VPN is required for remote desktop and network drives.

How to setup OSU's VPN

Remote Desktop

(VPN Required) Some editions of Windows 10 allow users to connect remotely. It allows you to use a computer as if you were sitting in front of it. You must enable Remote Desktop on the PC before attempting a connection. We recommend testing your Remote Desktop connection from home before relying on it.

Setup Remote Desktop

How to connect using Remote Desktop


Office 365 has versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that can run from any browser using your O-Key account. If you need the full program suite see our Office 365 installation instructions.

Communication and Collaboration

Make sure that people can still easily reach and communicate with you. Tools like Skype for Business can create digital meetings with video and computer screen content.

By Phone

Email and Calendar

If you use Outlook your OSU mail and calendar will also appear in Cowboy Mail.

Messaging and Digital Meeting


On campus or at home myOKSTATE will continue to work the same. Banner Administrative users will need to connect to OSU's VPN.


Canvas will work as normal. Instructors should review ITLE's Canvas page about teaching online.

Data Storage

Individual Online File Storage for Employees

Home Drive

(VPN Required) Employees have 500 MB of personal network drive space, referred to as your “Home Drive." Sometimes it's called your "H Drive."

Learn how to access your Home Drive.

Group Drive

(VPN Required) Departments have online group file storage - storage area on file servers that is assigned to departments. This storage allows for members of the departments to conveniently share files among themselves. Learn how to work with network drives. 

Virtual Labs

Access the same software as the IT run computer labs. Useful if you cannot access your work PC and need quick access to software. Learn more.

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