Working Remotely - VPN
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.
Download Cisco AnyConnect
Download the Cisco Anyconnect software:
Click here to access and download the anyconnect-mac.dmg file from the Sharepoint site.
System Extension Approval
You may see a prompt regarding the installation of a System Extension. This is a new security measure to ensure that the installation of new 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.
macOS Big Sur users may need to complete some additional steps due to the new protections and System Extension framework which have been introduced.
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.
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.
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 OK.
After clicking on OK staff and postgraduate researchers should respond to the multi-factor authentication notification on their mobile device to complete the login process.
Staff and postgraduate researchers who are using a hardware token or login code generated by the Duo Mobile application should follow their password with a comma and then the code they have generated (e.g. if your password is Pass1word and the code you have generate is 123456 you would enter Pass1word,123456 in the password field in the AnyConnect client).
For further information on multi-factor authentication please see the MFA page.
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 Printing for Macs. 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.
Open System Preferences and, under Internet & Network, select Sharing.
Enable Remote Login
Choose Remote Login; enable Remote Login with the check box.
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.
Ensure the Mac you are making the connection from is connected to the VPN successfully.
Connect to server
Open a Finder window and in the menu bar choose Go, Connect to Server