Work from home - COVID-19

IST is the primary resource for working at home documentation. Here are additional resources for Math Faculty staff/faculty/grads.

  • The Math Faculty has no plans for staff to physically carry their desktops home with them.
  • However, staff who have home computers or laptops can use those for business.  Staff who have a Nexus joined machine at home need to follow the directions for using Nexus joined machines when off campus lower on this page.
  • Connect to the VPN (uw-general-campus) only when necessary.  
    • connecting the shared drives, or personal drives
    • remote desktop to the windows.math.uwaterloo.ca servers
    • list of services/application that do not require VPN
  • Staff whose files are in the cloud (owncloud, OneDrive) can work directly from their home computers.
  • Staff whose files are on shared drives will need to connect to a server from home.  
  • For users wanting to connect to the Windows server, windows.math.uwaterloo.ca
  • Use O365 to download applications to the home computer.
  • Using Nexus joined machines when off campus:

    • Pres Ctrl-Alt-Del to get to the sign in screen
    • Confirm there is network connection (icon in bottom right)
    • Connect to wireless network if required
      • click on the wireless icon and connect to the available network
    • Click on the double screen icon (bottom right) to connect VPN (uw-general-campus)
    • Now you are ready to sign in to Nexus with your WatIAM credentials
    • Signing in can be slow.  Be patient.
    • If you get an error that the ResearchDesktop folder could not be found and your desktop icons are missing
      • wait 1 minute
      • press F5 to refresh the desktop
      • try longer waits between pressing F5 until the desktop icons appear