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How to Use Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

EFFECTIVE May 28th - Accessing ISU resources from off campus via VPN requires you to confirm your login with your multi-factor authentication method. Similar to email, you will receive and be required to act on the prompt when logging in. More information on multi-factor authentication may be found here.

When you are off campus, some of Illinois State University’s electronic services are unavailable to you unless you establish a VPN connection.

Cisco AnyConnect is available to faculty, staff, and students that is used to access some campus resources from off campus locations.

Connect Using Cisco AnyConnect

Windows:

  1. Open Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. Verify that the path in the field underneath “Ready to connect.” is VPN01.ILSTU.EDU.
    • If the path name does not automatically appear, click the arrow to the right of the field and select VPN01.ILSTU.EDU from the drop down menu, or enter the path name manually (figure 1).

Figure 1:

 

  1. Click Connect.
  2. Select the appropriate group to connect to from the group list.
    • To access most ISU resources, select –ISU-.
    • To access ISU Oracle or SQL database resources directly (via software such as Microsoft Access, Oracle SQL Developer, Microsoft SQL Management Studio, etc.), select DB-User_Access.

Note: When you attempt to connect, you may receive a prompt that tells you that Cisco AnyConnect is updating. Do not attempt to cancel this update, as this update will allow your VPN software to work.

  1. Enter your ULID and password, click OK.
  2. You will be prompted to validate your login attempt using the MFA notification option you selected. Information on available MFA authentication methods and steps for using them can be found here
  3. Click Accept.

You are now connected with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

Mac OS X:

  1. Open Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. Verify that the path in the field underneath “Ready to connect.” reads [VPN01.ILSTU.EDU]. If the field is empty, type the address in the connection field (figure 2).
    Figure 2:

 

  1. Click Connect.
  2. Select the appropriate group to connect to from the group list.
    • To access most ISU resources, select –ISU-.
    • To access ISU Oracle or SQL database resources directly (via software such as Microsoft Access, Oracle SQL Developer, Microsoft SQL Management Studio, etc.), select DB-User_Access.
  3. Enter your ULID and password, click Connect.
  4. You will be prompted to validate your login attempt using the MFA notification option you selected. Information on available MFA authentication methods and steps for using them can be found here
  5. Click Accept.

You are now connected with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

Disconnect from the VPN

Windows:

To disconnect from the VPN on a Window’s machine:

  1. Locate the Cisco AnyConnect client icon and click on it.
  2. Click Disconnect.
  3. Close Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

You are now disconnected from VPN.

Mac OSX:

To disconnect from a VPN connection on Cisco AnyConnect on Mac running Mac OS X or later:

  1. Click on the Cisco AnyConnect icon in your Dock.
  2. Click Disconnect.
  3. Close Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

You are now disconnected from VPN.

See Also

Installing Cisco AnyConnect

Overview of VPN at Illinois State University

How to Get Help

For technical assistance, you may contact the Technology Support Center at 309-438-4357 or by email at SupportCenter@IllinoisState.edu.

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Overview of VPN at Illinois State University