How to Install and Configure the AnyConnect VPN

Overview

The University of Richmond's network resources can be accessed by authenticated students, faculty, and staff using the University's Virtual Private Network (VPN) via an Internet connection. The VPN allows secure access to networked resources from a remote (off-campus) location.

The AnyConnect VPN is installed and available by default on all UR managed computers, but is available to be downloaded and installed on student and personal computers.The VPN can be installed on a variety of devices, including: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS. The instructions below can be used for how to install and configure the VPN on these different types of devices. 

In order to fully complete the VPN connection, you will first need to be enrolled with Duo. 

Details / Instructions

Install the AnyConnect VPN on a Windows PC
  1. Navigate to the Software Download page and login with your NetID and Password.
  2. Choose the VPN Client for Windows.
  3.  Download the file and save it to your computer.
  4. Run the installer, choosing the necessary prompts to continue through the installation.
  5. Once AnyConnect is installed, you can search for AnyConnect from your Start Menu in Windows. We recommend right clicking on the icon and choosing Pin this program to taskbar to permanently save it to your taskbar.
  6. The first time you run AnyConnect, you will need to enter the server address: cipher.richmond.edu. Once the VPN is configured, you should be able to connect to the VPN using Duo.
Install the AnyConnect VPN on macOS
  1. Navigate to the Software Download Page and login with your NetID and password
  2. Choose VPN Client for macOS
  3. Click the Download File button and save it to your computer.
  4. Run the installer, choosing the necessary prompts. If asked to enter a password, type in your computer password.
  5. On macOS Mojave or newer, after the installation finishes, you will be required to enable the System Extension and a Socket FIlter (on macOS Big Sur) for Cisco AnyConnect. In the pop up window shown below, click on Open Preferences to automatically open System Preferences to Security & Privacy
    system extension
  6. In the Security & Privacy pane, confirm you are on the General tab and click the padlock in the lower left of the pane to unlock changes. Click Allow to allow the Cisco AnyConnect system extension and Socket Filter. Please note: on macOS Catalina or older operating systems, you may not see text referring to a socket filter in this pop up, but instead language asking to allow software for Cisco. 
    allow system extension
  7. For macOS Big Sur, you will also be prompted to approve the Socket Filter. Choose Allow in the pop up window. 
    allow socket filter
  8. Once everything necessary has been approved, the pop up from step 5 will update to what is shown below to confirm that AnyConnect is installed and configured properly.
  9. With AnyConnect installed and successfully configured, search for the program in your Applications folder or Spotlight and run the program. For a first time configuration, type in cipher.richmond.edu for the server address field and press Connect. You will then be able to connecting to the VPN using Duo. 
Install the AnyConnect VPN on Linux
  1. Open a web browser and go https://richmond.app.box.com/v/software-downloads 
  2. Click on VPN for Linux and download the file. 
  3. The download should then begin and will prompt you to save the file to your computer.

    save file

    anyconnect downloaded

  4. Open a Terminal window and navigate to the directory where the file was saved. Run the .sh script with elevated privileges.

    install via terminal

  5. Once the command has finished running, you should see a completion message.

    install complete

  6. If using a Debian based linux distribution (e.g. Ubuntu) run: sudo apt install libpangox-1.0-0
    If you are using a Fedora based linux distribution, run: sudo yum install pangox-compat

    install vpn libraries

  7. Go to your applications and select the Cisco AnyConnect application.

    open anyconnect app

  8. For a first time configuration, type in cipher.richmond.edu for the server address field and press Connect. Complete the required Duo authentication to finish connecting to the VPN.
Install and Configure the AnyConnect VPN on iOS
  1. Navigate to the App Store on your iOS device and download AnyConnect. Tap the Get button for Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. Tap Install when prompted, and then tap Open once the app is installed. You may need to enter your AppleID and password to complete the install.
  3.  After opening Cisco AnyConnect, you may be prompted to tap OK to enable the software. 
  4. Tap Connections > Add VPN Connection. 
  5. Enter an Description for the VPN (i.e. UR VPN). 
  6. Enter the server address as: cipher.richmond.edu
  7. Tap Save
  8. The VPN is now configured and ready to use on this device. 
  9. To connect the VPN, toggle the AnyConnect VPN switch to begin connecting to the VPN using Duo. 
  10. Once connected, the VPN icon will appear at the top of your screen in the status bar.
Install and Configure the AnyConnect VPN on Android
  1. Navigate to Google Play and download and install AnyConnect VPN.
  2. Once AnyConnect is installed, open the app and accept the EULA (End User License Agreement), then tap Connections and then Add New VPN Connection.
  3. Enter the information below in the fields as shown and tap Done when finished: 
    Description: urvpn
    Server Address: cipher.richmond.edu
  4. The VPN is now configured and ready to use on this device. 
  5. To connect the VPN, toggle the AnyConnect VPN switch to begin connecting to the VPN using Duo. 
  6. Once connected, the VPN icon will appear at the top of your screen in the status bar.

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Article ID: 125025
Created
Thu 1/21/21 4:59 PM
Modified
Fri 1/22/21 2:23 PM