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Cisco AnyConnect for Mac OS

Cisco AnyConnect Install Instructions for Mac

Users who wish to access machines via Apple Remote Desktop/SSH will need to Install Cisco AnyConnect on the off campus Mac computer.

Please check that you do not have any prior installations of a VPN client installed such as OpenVPN and / or TunnelBlick as this will prevent the AnyConnect installer from running correctly.

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Download Cisco AnyConnect

Download the Cisco Anyconnect software:

Click here to dowload the Intel-based Mac installer

2 Screen image: Install vpnclient.

Launch Installer

Open the disk image (your browser may have done this for you already) and double click on the installer inside it to begin the installation process. Click Continue.

3 Screen image: Install Succeeded.

Follow steps

Follow through the installer steps and at its completion you should receive confirmation that the installation was successful.

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macOS High Sierra users

macOS High Sierra users may see a prompt regarding the installation of a System Extension.  This is a new security measure to ensure that the installation of new kernel extensions is approved by a user to mitigate the risk of malware installation.  Please follow the steps to enable the installation of the Cisco extension.  If you do not do this within 30 minutes then you must re-run the installation tool to restore the prompt.

5 Screen image: Installation Failed.

If it fails..

If you get an Install failed message, please check again that you do not have any prior installations of a VPN client installed such as OpenVPN and / or TunnelBlick as this will prevent the AnyConnect installer from running correctly. If the problem persists please contact the IT Services Helpdesk.

How to Connect to Cisco AnyConnect

1 Anyconnect Preferences

Launching AnyConnect

Launch the AnyConnect client from the Cisco folder in Applications.

If this is the first time you have used the client then click on the Cog symbol in the window to edit your Preferences. In the window which opens ensure Allow local (LAN) access when using VPN (if configured) is ticked and then close the window.

2 Screen image: Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

Configure AnyConnect

If this is the first time you have run AnyConnect, enter vpn.lboro.ac.uk  (you only to do this once) and click on Connect.‌

When prompted, enter your University Username and Password. Click Connect.

3 Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

Connected AnyConnect

The following will be displayed for a successful connection: (Further Technical details are available by clicking on the graph button, next to the Preferences Cog).

4 Screen image: Drop-down menu.

Connection established

Once this connection has been established your computer will appear like it is on the campus network. Connections to central filestore can be made, applications such as Apple Remote Desktop, or an SSH connection (Secure Shell) from the Terminal can be run, or afp drives can be mounted in order to access Macs on campus.

When AnyConnect is open you will have an icon in the top menu bar. 

Please remember to disconnect from the AnyConnect client as well as quitting the ARD / Terminal when you have finished.

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.

Printing for Macs

Individual Workspace for OS X

SSH Sharing Setup

Users who wish to access machines via SSH (Secure Shell) will need to ensure that the Mac on campus has the requisite Sharing options available for SSH connections, and these connections should be restricted to specific users on the host machine for security purposes.

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System Preferences

Open System Preferences and, under Internet & Network, select Sharing.

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Enable Remote Login

Choose Remote Login; enable Remote Login with the check box.

3 Screen image: Users and Groups.

Add Users

Select Only These Users and click the plus button + to add a user from Users and groups.

4 Screen image: Sharing details.

Complete Settings

Check that Remote Login is On and that a valid address to connect to is supplied, the SSH connection can be made with the following user@DNS entry or IP address configuration.

Screen Sharing Setup

Users who wish to access machines via Screen Sharing (VNC) will need to ensure that the Mac on campus has the requisite Sharing options enabled, and these connections should be restricted to specific users on the host machine for security purposes.

1 Screen image: System Preferences.

System Preferences

Open System Preferences and select Sharing.

2 Screen image: Sharing.

Remote Management

Select Screen Sharing.

3 Screen image: Users and Groups.

Add Users

Select Only These Users and click the plus button + to add a user from Users and groups.

4 Screen image: Sharing.

Complete sharing settings

Check that Screen Sharing is on. In the text just below this you will see a URL beginning vnc:// which is the URL you will need to when you wish to make a connection to your on-campus Mac from a device off-campus. Alternatively you can connect using the IP address of your on-campus Mac.

Making a Screen Sharing Connection

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Ensure the Mac you are making the connection from is connected to the VPN successfully.

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Connect to server

Open a Finder window and in the menu bar choose Go, Connect to Server

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VNC Connection

In the Connect to Server window enter the DNS name or IP address of the computer you wish to connect to, prefixed by vnc://, e.g. vnc://its-demo.lboro.ac.uk/, and then click on Connect.

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Authentication

Enter your username and password

When prompted enter the username and password of the account you wish to log in to on the remote Mac.

A window will now open showing you the remote Mac. When you are done, close the window to disconnect.