Installing the campus VPN client

Use of the VPN is required to access department resources. This provides greater security than if department-operated systems were exposed directly to the Internet. The VPN is for use from off-campus only; it is not necessary to use the VPN from on campus.

To install the campus VPN, open Safari and browse to You will be presented with a window that looks similar to the following:

Remote VPN Website

Log in to the site with your general university username and password (not your Computer Science account). It is not necessary to make any adjustments to the “Group setting” - that setting will be outlined under “Usage”. After logging in, you will be presented with the VPN download page. Downloads are available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux:

AnyConnect Download and Install

Click the download link, and the download will start. Once the download has finished, open Finder, browse to the “Downloads” folder, and open the installer disk image:


Double-click on the VPN package to launch the installer:

AnyConnect Installer Package

Follow the steps, accepting the license agreement and proceeding through the installer dialogue windows:

AnyConnect Installer AnyConnect Software License Agreement Standard install on sys Successful Installation Dialogue

Once the VPN client is installed, the installer may be moved to the Trash:

Delete the Installer

Using the campus VPN client

Open Finder, and go to the Applications folder. There will be a “Cisco” folder, under which the AnyConnect client will be present. Double click to open:

Applications Cisco Folder AnyConnect Client

When the client first opens, you will need to enter the hostname of the VPN endpoint to connect to. Please enter “” in the box below and click “Connect”:

AnyConnect Dialogue

After clicking “Connect” you will be prompted with the following dialogue that requests the “Group”, “Username”, and “Password”. For the Group, you may select “Full-Tunnel”, or “Split-Tunnel”:

  • “Full-tunnel” forces all network traffic from your system to be routed through the VPN. This option is generally preferred in cases where you might be traveling and accessing untrusted networks.

  • “Split-tunnel” results in only network traffic that is destined for on-campus hosts (e.g., the Computer Science network, or some other university resource) to be sent through the VPN. All other traffic, such as to websites like, routes through your regular internet connection as normal. This option is generally preferred.

After selecting the group, enter your general university username and password (not your Computer Science account), then click OK:

AnyConnect Authentication Prompt

After successfully logging in, the window will disappear, minimizing to the menu bar by the clock. In the following screenshot, it is on the left-hand side:

Status Bar

You can click on the icon, which will present the VPN client windows confirming a successful connection. Click “Disconnect” once you are finished with your session. If you do not disconnect, your session will automatically disconnect in the time noted by “Session expiring”, where 12 hours is the maximum session time limit as of the writing of this article:

Connected AnyConnect Dialogue Box