VPN Set Up - University Owned & Managed Windows Devices

1. Install Cisco AnyConnect from the Sofware Center for Managed Windows Devices

NOTE: This guide is intended for University Owned and Managed Windows Devices that have the Software Center application pre-installed.  You do not need Administrative Privileges to install the AnyConnect application from the Software Center.  If you are wanting to install AnyConnect on a personal device, or on a device owned by the U of S but self managed, then please use the guide for personal owned or self managed devices.

1. Open Software Center on your computer from inside the Microsoft System Center folder in your list of All Programs.

open Software Center

2. Under the Available Software tab check the box for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

select Anyconnect from available software

NOTE: If AnyConnect is not listed in the Available Software tab, check that it's not already listed as installed under the Installed Software tab

3. Click the Install Selected button in bottom right corner of the Software Center window.  You will not need Administrative Privileges to install the AnyConnect application from the Software Center.

click install selected

4. Wait for Software Center to complete the install.

wait for install

Note: Once it is installed, AnyConnect will appear in the Installed Software tab in the Software Center window.

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2. Connecting to the UofS VPN Service

1. Open the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client program from the All Programs list on the Windows/Start Menu.

open anyconnect program

2. Click the Connect button.

type in tunnel.usask.ca

3. Enter your information as below:

  • For Group Select 1-UofS
  • For Username use your NSID username
  • For Password use your NSID password

enter information

4. Press OK

5. When connected you should see a connection bubble as below:

connected to tunnel.usask.ca

Disconnecting from tunnel.usask.ca:

1. To disconnect, click the lock icon in the bottom task tray:

click the lock icon

2. Then press the disconnect button:

press disconnect button

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Additional Information

The VPN client is set-up in split tunneling mode, meaning only traffic destined for the University network (IP addresses beginning with 128.233.) will go through the VPN tunnel. All other traffic will go through your existing internet connection.

The VPN Client includes an integrated firewall to protect the VPN Client PC from internet attacks while connected.

If your PC is protected by a firewall (Kerio, ZoneAlarm etc) you may need to adjust it's settings to allow the VPN Client to communicate with the campus VPN server. How this is accomplished will depend on the firewall you have installed.

The ports that Cisco VPN uses are TCP 10,000 , UDP 4500 and UDP 62515.

If you have questions, or require assistance, please contact the ICT Service Desk.

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