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Working Remotely - VPN

Cisco AnyConnect for Non-Managed Windows PCs

After you have installed

You can also set up the Printing from Windows and Storage for Windows.

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.

Install Cisco AnyConnect

The information detailed below will guide you through how to install Cisco AnyConnect on the off campus Windows computer:

Click here to access and download the anyconnect-win.msi file from the Sharepoint site.

Double click on the installer to launch the application.

The installer will launch. Click Next accepting the licence agreement at the appropriate step.

Click Next through the series of installer steps. At the final step, a confirmation box will appear, click on Finish.

Connecting to the Cisco AnyConnect


Start the Client

Once you have completed the Cisco Anyconnect install, 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.

3 Screen image: Virtual Private Network (VPN).

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 into the box next to the Connect button. The program will remember this for subsequent connections, so this need only be done once.

4 Screen image: Please enter your username and password.

Username and Password

Please enter your Username and Password then 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

5 Screen image: Client minised in system tray.

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.


Disconnecting from the VPN

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.

How to install the VPN on a personal Windows device

When connected to the VPN you are bound by the University's IT Acceptable Use Policy. Please remember to disconnect when you are finished.