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VPN - Connection Guide for Macintosh
This article explains how to install, uninstall, upgrade and use cVPN, the University of Chicago secure VPN, on a Macintosh computer.
Using the University of Chicago VPN (cVPN) with a Macintosh computer requires MacOS 10.6 or later. Earlier versions of the Apple Macintosh Operating System are not compatible with the VPN software.
Note: Before trying to run AnyConnect, Java must be installed and running on your computer. To enable Java, open Finder. Then, at the top, select Go > Utilities. In this folder, open Java Preferences and click Install.
Using the VPN for the First Time
- For Mac OS X version 10.9 (Mavericks), you must manually install the AnyConnect client. The installation process is defined below.
- Point your browser to https://cvpn.uchicago.edu. We highly recommend using Firefox rather than Explorer as a browser.
Detailed installation instructions with screenshots are available here: Document 24322 is unavailable at this time.
Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7) and Snow Leopard (10.6) users:
You may manually download and install the client from here.
Once installation is complete:
- When the install is complete you will see the Cisco AnyConnect in your Application folder.
- To see details of the VPN connection, click the Cisco AnyConnect icon.
- To disconnect from the VPN, click the Cisco AnyConnect icon and select Disconnect in the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Window.
Subsequent times that you use the VPN:
- Open your Mac's Applications folder and double-click the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client icon.
- Log in with your CNetID and Password.
- The Cisco AnyConnect icon will display in the dock when connected.
Occasionally Cisco AnyConnect VPN software will need to be updated. Please check regularly at https://cvpn.uchicago.edu. After logging in, if new software is available, you will be prompted to download it. These updates will require admin privileges to install. [Note: As of 1/2/2014 an upgrade to the client was made available, and will be automatically installed.]
To uninstall an older version, double click on the uninstaller application found in the Cisco Folder within the Applications folder or follow the steps below:
- Open a terminal window (Applications > Utilities > Terminal).
- Run the following command: sudo /opt/cisco/vpn/bin/vpn_uninstall.sh
- Enter your Mac OS X password.
- Answer Yes when prompted to remove each item.
- Restart your machine.