VPN Set-up Guide - Personally Owned or Self Managed Windows Devices


  • Installing the Cisco Anyconnect software for 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 7 and higher requires Administrator privileges.
  • This guide is intended for personally owned devices or U of S owned but self managed devices.  
  • For University owned and managed Windows devices, please use the guide for installing from the Software Center for Managed Devices.

Step 1 Download and install the VPN software

Step 2 Configure the Anyconnect VPN client software

Additional Information

1. Download and install the VPN software

It is recommended that you close all other Windows applications before you begin the installation.

1. Download the Anyconnect VPN software from:

Anyconnect Software Download

2. Double click on the anyconnect-win-3-1.1.01065.msi file to begin the installation

 Figure 1

3. The Installation Wizard welcome screen will appear. Click the Next button to continue

 press next

5. Select "I accept the terms in this license agreement" then press the Next button.

agree to license and press next

6. Click Install to install the software.

press install

7. Click Yes when asked if you want to allow the installer to run.

press yes

8. Once the VPN Client software has been installed, click the Finish button to exit the Installation Wizard.

press finish

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2. Configure the VPN Client Software

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

open anyconnect program

2. a. For the "Connect to" text box type in:


type in tunnel.usask.ca

b. Then press the Connect button.

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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