How to Use the Cisco VPN Client

The Cisco VPN client allows you to access Union College resources from a computer when you are not physically at Union College. There are two types of uses that will require using the VPN client. One such use will be to access web‐based resources such as databases at Schaffer Library. The second use (AnyConnect) will be used to access network storage, course resources, and software.  It is necessary to use the AnyConnect client if you want to run Outlook when you are not on campus.

VPN is a shared resource so please disconnect from VPN when you do not need to access protected College resources.

Option 1: Use VPN to Access Web-based Resources

Step 1.

 Open your web browser and navigate to https://unionvpn.union.edu

 

Step 2.

You will be prompted for login information. Set the Group to FACULTY, STAFF, or STUDENT depending upon your "status” at Union College. Enter your Union College username, without the @union.edu, and your password. Click [Login]. You will see a dialog box welcoming you to the Union College VPN Server. Click [Continue].

        

 

Step 3.

Enter the URL for the Union College resource that you want to access into the blank Address box. For example, if you are trying to get to Schaffer Library, you would enter www.union.edu/Library in the box. Then click on [Browse].

 

Step 4.

Until you close the browser window, you will be using the VPN connection. If you want to return to the homepage for VPN, click on the house icon located in the upper‐right corner of the web page. When you are done using VPN, click the red X next to the house icon (see below).

 

Option 2: Use the AnyConnect VPN Client

Step 1.

Open your web browser and navigate to the web page https://unionvpn.union.edu

 

Step 2.

You will be prompted for login information. Set the Group to FACULTY, STAFF, or STUDENT depending upon your “status” at Union College. Enter your Union College [USERNAME] (without the @union.edu or @garnet.union.edu) and your [PASSWORD]. Click [Login]. You will see a dialog box welcoming you to the Union College VPN Server. Click [Continue].

 

        

 

Step 3.

You can start the installation of the AnyConnect client by clicking on the [AnyConnect] button on the left‐hand side of the window or by clicking on the [Start AnyConnect] link in the center of the page.

You may receive a security warning at the start of the installation (see below for examples of Windows and Macintosh warnings). Click [Yes] or [Allow] in order to continue the installation.

  

Step 4.

The AnyConnect client will install to your computer. Once installed, you just need to run the application and follow the prompts to connect to VPN.  If the AnyConnect Client launches without a server name entered - it is unionvpn.union.edu. Once you are connected, you can begin using the Remote Desktop (PC or Mac) or any licensed application that would otherwise only run if you were on campus.

 


If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.


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Article ID: 56060
Created
Mon 6/18/18 10:45 AM
Modified
Thu 3/26/20 10:18 PM