Using UBfs off campus? Starting April 4, 2022, you will need to use UBVPN

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Published March 21, 2022

No matter how you connect to UBfs, this new process keeps you and your files safer by requiring the use of UB’s secure network, either by being on campus or by using the UBVPN.


UBfs (short for UB File Service) is one option for storing and sharing files at the University at Buffalo, along with UBbox and OneDrive. Read on to learn what’s changing with UBfs (and why), and see options for accessing UBfs based on your device.

What is changing?

Now, when you connect to UBfs, you’ll need to use a UB IP address for all connection methods. The easiest way to do this is to access UBfs from on-campus.

If you need to access your UBfs files from an off-campus location, you’ll need to use the UBVPN. You can find complete instructions for connecting to the UBVPN from a computer off-campus on the UBIT website.

If you are a UB staff or faculty member and your department has its own VPN, you can use that too.

Using the UBVPN when not on campus is a good practice for any UB-related business. This change is designed to help keep you, and the files you work on, secure from any location.

Connecting to UBfs? You have options

There are several methods of connecting to UBfs, depending on your device. Visit the UBIT website to see a list of approved options, along with step-by-step instructions.

Need help managing your files at UB?

Whether you use UBfs, UBbox or OneDrive, you can find help at the UBIT Help Center. Visit, or call 716-645-3542.