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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”) will be retired at the end of 2014. 

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

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 (exception for the RT operating system)
  • Mac OS X (10.5 and newer)
  • Red Hat 6 (64-Bit)
  • Ubuntu 9.x
  • Android devices (via Google Play)
  • iPhone/iPad (via the App Store)


Note: 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).


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

Note: After you log into this page 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. You will need to return to this page instead (redirect should be in place by the end of October 2014).


To download the documents and/or software below, you will need to sign in with your University credentials.



VPN Frequently Asked Questions: AnyConnect Client Instructions-Win7 9-14.docxVPNFAQ.docx

Direct Install (preferred method):

     Windows 7:   AnyConnect Client Instructions-Win7 9-14.docxAnyConnect Client Instructions-Win7 9-14​

     Windows 8.1 AnyConnect Client Instructions-Win8 9-14.docxAnyConnect Client Instructions-Win8 9-14

     Mac OS:        AnyConnect Client Instructions-Win8 9-14.docxAnyConnect Client Instructions-MacOS 9-14

Browser-based install (requires that Java software be up to date and manually configured to allow the VPN URL):

     Windows 7-8:Cisco AnyConnect for Windows 7-8.docxCisco AnyConnect for Windows 7-8

      Mac OS X:   Cisco AnyConnect for Mac OS X.DOCXCisco AnyConnect for Mac OS X

Software Downloads:

     Windows 7-8:  AnyConnect for 

     Mac OS X:      AnyConnect for Mac

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