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Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client for Windows

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Cisco AnyConnect Installation Instructions for Windows

You need to Install Cisco AnyConnect on the off campus Windows computer.



Start the Client

Click on the Microsoft logo Start icon bottom left of your screen, All Programs and then Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.


Cisco AnyConnect client

A small window will open in the lower right corner of your screen.


First time set "Enable local LAN access (if configured)"

If this is the first time you have used the client then please click on small cog in the lower left of the window. In the window which appears select the Preferences tab and tick Enable local LAN access (if configured) and then close the window.

The first time you run the client you will also need to enter vpn.lboro.ac.uk into the box next to the Connect button. The program will remember this for subsequent connections, so this need only be done once.


Username and Password

Please enter your Username and Password.


Client is in system tray

Once the connection has been made, the dialogue box will minimise to the system tray. This is the area at the bottom right of your desktop where the clock is located.


To disconnect click on the icon in the system tray and then click on the Disconnect button. Once the client has disconnected the window will automatically minimise itself again when you switch to another application.

If you wish to quit the client completely then right click on the icon in the system tray and choose Quit from the menu.

To Access a PC on Campus via Remote Desktop

Once the instructions have been completed for setting up your staff desktop PC to permit remote access, follow the instructions below to access a PC on campus via remote desktop.

To access the computer remotely, on the remote computer, start the VPN client as described above. Start Microsoft Remote Desktop: from your Start button select Programs then Accessories then Communications and finally Remote Desktop Connection.

Screen image: Remote Desktop Connection.

Before you connect, by default the connection will be displayed full screen. We recommend that you first click the Options >> button, and then select the Display tab. The following screen will be displayed:

Screen image: Remote Desktop Connection - Display.

Use the Remote desktop size slider to reduce the size of the screen resolution to be used. Click on the General tab.

Screen image: Remote Desktop Connection - General.

For Computer enter the I.P. Address (obtained in How to Set Up Using Remote Desktop) e.g. and enter your User name and Password, and then click Connect. If your credentials are not accepted at this stage, please try adding lunet\ in front of your User name, ie so that the User name entry reads lunet\username.

A window will appear on your screen with the remote computer's screen displayed in it - anything that you do in this screen happens on the remote computer. If you do display the screen full-size, there is a floating tab at the top of the screen with the computer name displayed and Minimize, Restore Down, and Close buttons on the right-hand side. Use the Restore Down button to display the screen not full size.

When you have finished, Log Off from the remote computer, and then close the Remote Desktop Computer window. You can now continue using the client or disconnect it to finish your session.

After you have installed

You can also set up the following. Note that the VPN client must be running when you set up these options from off-campus and when you run these options from off-campus.

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