Answered By: IT Services
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2023     Views: 595

Cloudflare is a Zero Trust Network solution that is replacing Citrix. Cloudflare provides staff with a secure trusted network to access all their applications wherever they are located whether they are on-site or off-site.

What do staff need to do to install Cloudflare?

We have a guide available to help you install Cloudflare:

What if my managed University device is a MacBook?

All University MacBook users should already have had Cloudflare installed remotely. If you don’t have access to Cloudflare on your MacBook, please log a ticket with IT Services through the self-service portal. Please include the word Cloudflare in the summary of your ticket and provide the asset tag of your device as this will help IT Services to deal with your issue.

How will staff know if Cloudflare has been installed?

Within the Windows Apps drawer on your taskbar there will be an orange cloud icon.

How do staff access Cloudflare?

You will be automatically connected as part of the standard login process. Cloudflare runs in the background and is “Always On”, so no action is necessary.

Is there a difference when On Campus Vs Off Campus?

There is no difference at all. Because Cloudflare is always on, it is not dependent on where you are. Access to applications will be the same.

Will MFA still be required to access some systems?

Yes, MFA is a separate process adding a second layer of security to accessing applications.

Why won’t my application open?

It may be that you were not identified as a user of this application. Permissions can be provided by the IT Services team.

Why won’t a website open?

The likely cause of this is our Web Filtering tool which may block websites that are not secure (http:/). If a secure website is available (https:/) use that address. If there is no secure address this will need to be investigated by IT Services to provide access.

Can I use Cloudflare on my own personal device?

No, Cloudflare is only available on University managed devices. This is to ensure access to our network can be managed and kept secure.

Will Cloudflare cause my applications to run slow?

No, latency is at a minimum and staff should not experience any lag during login or use.

Can I still use Citrix?

No, Citrix licences will expire in December and no longer be available. Cloudflare is a simpler and more secure replacement for Citrix.

Will external suppliers with Citrix be able to access Cloudflare?

Yes, if they have a justified requirement to access.

Will I still be able to use my own device including mobile phone, tablets to access outlook and other Microsoft products?

Yes, access will still be available. Cloudflare will not impact your access rights to Office 365.

How will Associate Lecturers access applications via Cloudflare, they don’t currently get issued managed devices?

These will be dealt with as an exception to understand their requirement to access applications via Cloudflare.

I need help or want to know more

If you have any more questions or you are experiencing issues, IT Services will be happy to help you. You can visit IT Services on the SID on the ground floor of the Learning Hub: 

  • Mondays to Thursdays 8.30am to 5pm
  • Fridays 10am to 5pm. 

You can also call the IT helpdesk on 01604 893333: 

  • Mondays to Thursdays 8am to 5.30pm
  • Fridays 8am to 9am, and then 10am to 5.30pm. 

You can also raise a ticket in the IT Portal at any time. 

Comments (3)

  1. Once I have installed CloudFlare, how do I access OASIS or ABW?
    by Mark Allenby on Dec 16, 2022
  2. Same question as Mark Allenby's. I have installed CloudFlare but can't access Oasis or ABW
    by Victoria Boulton on Jan 10, 2023
  3. After installing Cloudflare you will need to make sure that it is turned on. To turn Cloudflare on you can click on its icon within the app drawer on your taskbar. On our guide to install Cloudflare there are steps on how to turn it on at the bottom of the guide (Guide: https://askus.northampton.ac.uk/faq/264658).Once Cloudflare is turned on you should be able to access these websites as normal by going to them through google chrome.If you have Cloudflare turned on and you are unable to reach these websites if you could raise a ticket through our IT self-service portal with a screenshot of the error you receive this will help us to investigate the problem you are having. Alternatively you can give us a call on 01604893333 and a member of our IT team can help you over the phone to resolve the problem you are experiencing.
    by IT Services on Jan 10, 2023