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Configuring the UCSD VPN Client for GNU/ Linux via Conventional Installation

Download and configure the new UCSD Virtual Private Network (VPN) AnyConnect client on your Linux machine for a conventional installation.

In the right place? If you only need to access common campus Web sites or remote desktop computing, use the VPN EasyConnect option. See instructions in Virtual Private Networks at UCSD.


  • You must either log into your computer with administrator rights or have the system root password.
  • You need your Active Directory (AD) username and password. If you don't remember your AD username or password, you can either reset it at https://adweb.ucsd.edu/adpass/ or contact your department's systems administrator.
  • The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client does not yet support Ubuntu 14.10. Currently supported Linux platforms are Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x (32-bit) and 6.4 (64-bit) and Ubuntu 9.x, 10.x, and 11.x (32-bit) and Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10 (64-bit).

    In addition to the OpenConnect VPN client, you may also use the web version of UCSD's VPN through http://vpn.ucsd.edu. Choose EasyConnect as the Group before logging in.

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1. Download the UCSD VPN AnyConnect client.

  • Download the VPN AnyConnect client.
  • Save the client to your desktop.
  • After the download completes, click Terminal under Accessories in the Applications main menu.

    Run terminal utility

2. Run the installation script.

  • Type sudo su and press enter to elevate your user permission.
  • Enter your system root password when prompted.
  • Go to the directory where the installation package downloaded. In this case type cd Desktop and press enter.
  • Type tar vxzf [filename].  Filename is the version of AnyConnect you downloaded.  Press enter to decompress the installation package.
  • Go to the directory where the installation package extracted by typing cd /home/yourusername/Desktop/[uncompressed filename]/vpn and press enter.
  • Type ./vpn_install.sh and press enter to execute the installation script.
  • The screenshot below is from a 32-bit installation:

    Tar command

3. Run the AnyConnect client.

  • Click Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client under Internet in the Applications main menu.

    Run client

4. Connect to the UCSD VPN.

  • Enter vpn.ucsd.edu in the Connect to field.
  • Click Connect.

    Client connection tab

5. Authenticate.

  • Select your desired connection profile from the Group drop-down menu:
    • split – Route only campus traffic through the UCSD VPN. All other traffic goes through your normal Internet provider.
    • allthruucsd – Route all traffic through the UCSD VPN.
      • Use when accessing Library resources
  • Enter your AD username and password.
  • Click Connect.

    Client group select and login

6. Disconnect.

  • Right-click the AnyConnect client icon located near the top right corner of your screen.
  • Select Quit.

    Quit client

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