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.
Download Cisco AnyConnect
Download the Cisco Anyconnect software:
Click here to dowload the Intel-based Mac installer
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.
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.
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.
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