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Overview of VPN at Illinois State University

Students, faculty, and staff must establish a Virtual Private Connection (VPN) connection with the campus network in order to access restricted, electronic resources at Illinois State University, such as network drives, Datastore, or certain iPeople functions. Illinois State University provides two options for connecting to campus via VPN.

See Do I need VPN? for more information on when to use VPN.

VPN Access Request Form:

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client is an application that may be used to establish a VPN connection with the campus network. To use Cisco AnyConnect, you must download and install it on your computer. After the application has been installed, you may launch Cisco AnyConnect and log in to establish a VPN connection with the campus network. You may then access restricted resources that require a VPN connection.

VPN Profile

As an alternative to using a traditional VPN client, macOS and iOS users may opt instead to download a VPN profile. A VPN profile integrates into the operating system on your computer or device, but otherwise works the same as the Cisco VPN client.

Note: You may not connect to ISU Oracle or SQL database resources directly (via software such as Microsoft Access, Oracle SQL Developer, Microsoft SQL Management Studio, etc.) using the macOS or iOS VPN profile. If you need to access those databases directly, you will need to use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client (see section above).

Known Errors Related to VPN:

How to Get Help

For technical assistance, you may contact the Technology Support Center at 309-438-4357, or by email at

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