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Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network connection that can be used to access resources, including email, network shares, etc., from outside the University network (e.g., from off campus or from Guest wireless).

VPN is available to campus users who have a business need for such access. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is currently transitioning from a legacy VPN service (Cisco VPN Client icon2.jpg) to a new VPN service (Cisco AnyConnect icon1.png).

The old VPN (“Cisco VPN”) was retired at the end of 2014. Cisco VPN should be uninstalled before installing Cisco AnyConnect.

AnyConnect is an SSL VPN, and is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8-8.1 (except for the RT operating system)
  • Mac OS X (10.5 and newer)
  • iPhone/iPad (via the App Store)
  • some Android devices (via Google Play - see Cisco's website for supported devices, and for possible limitations of VPN service on Android devices)
  • Red Hat 6 (64-Bit)
  • Ubuntu 9.x

Note: The University does not officially support Android, Linux, or Unix operating systems; all documentation and software for these operating systems is provided as is, on a "use at your own risk" basis.

At this time, Chrome OS and Windows RT do not support SSL VPN, including Cisco AnyConnect. Virtual desktops are an alternative for users of these operating systems (see OIT’s Remote Computing page for more information).


Note: After you register for VPN use with your Unviersity credentials and then click on the Accept button, you will be directed to the page with the old VPN software and documentation (which is no longer supported). After you register, you will need to return to this page instead of using the old documentation and software, until further changes are made with OIT's web pages.

Current University employees and students need to register for VPN access at this website:​

Remember: After registering, return to this page and use the links below to install and configure AnyConnect on your device.


VPN Frequently Asked Questions: VPN FAQ 7-2014.pdf

Direct Install (preferred method):

     Windows 7:  AnyConnect Direct Install-Win7 9-14.pdf

     Windows 8:  AnyConnect Direct Install-Win8 9-14.pdf

     Mac OS:       AnyConnect Direct Install-MacOS 9-14.pdf

     iOS devices: AnyConnect for iOS 1-15.pdf
     Android devices (limited support and features): AnyConnect for Android 1-15.pdf
Browser-based install (requires that Java software be up to date and manually configured to allow the VPN URL):

     Windows 7-8: AnyConnect Browser Install Win 7-8 6-14.pdf

     Mac OS X:     AnyConnect Browser Install Mac OS X 6-14.pdf

Server URLs (see documentation above for instructions on how to use these):



Software Downloads:

     Windows 7-8:
     Mac OS X:

VPN Security Agreement

Export of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus VPN Client ("Client") is subject to controls and restrictions specified by the United States Department of Commerce under the Export Administration Regulations.
The Client may not be downloaded or otherwise exported to Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria, or to any person who is on the U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Denial Orders or one of the Treasury Department's exclusion lists. By downloading the Client, you are agreeing to the forgoing, and you are representing and warranting that you are not located in, or a national or resident of, any such country or on any such list.
Further, you must agree that you will not knowingly export or transfer, whether directly or indirectly, the Software or any system containing such Software to anyone outside the country of delivery without first obtaining a license or verifying that a license has been obtained from the United States Department of Commerce, and satisfying all requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Act, as required.
By downloading and/or using this software, you certify that you are eligible to receive products exported from the United States, without any restriction under either a U.S. Commerce Department Denial Order or under a U.S. Treasury Department exclusion list. You also understand that any country to which you wish to export this software may have varying requirements and that it is your sole responsibility to be sure you understand and comply with foreign laws regarding the import/export and use of this product.
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