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VPN - Connection Guide for Windows

This article explains how to install and use cVPN, the University of Chicago secure VPN, on a Windows computer.

The first time you use the VPN, you must be logged into an admin account. If you do not have administrative rights on your computer you will not be able to install the software. Also, we recommend that you have the latest version of Java on your computer before installing the VPN. You can find out if you have the latest version and download a new version at

Using the VPN for the first time
  1. Point your browser to We highly recommend using Firefox rather than Explorer as your browser.
  2. Log in with your CNetID and Password.
  3. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client should install on your computer. This may take a few moments. NOTE: For Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, you may be asked to verify that you want to install the program from an “unknown publisher.”  Select Yes or OK.
    When the install is complete, you will see the Cisco AnyConnect icon in your system tray anyconnect.jpg (bottom right of your screen, by the clock).
  4. To see details of the VPN connection, right click the Cisco AnyConnect icon and select Open AnyConnect.
  5. To disconnect from the VPN, right-click the Cisco AnyConnect icon and select Disconnect.

Subsequent times that you use the VPN

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
  2. Login with your CNetID and Password.
  3. The Cisco AnyConnect icon will display in the system tray.

Occasionally, Cisco AnyConnect VPN software will need to be updated. The updates should automatically be installed when you connect to cVPN. These updates do not require administrative access to install.

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Keywords:cvpn, cisco, anyconnect, vpn, tunnel, remote, access, global   Doc ID:15432
Owner:Mike R.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-10-27 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-04-05 07:32 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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