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Configuring the UCSD VPN Client for Mac OS X 10.10.x and Above via Conventional Installation

Follow these steps to connect your Mac OS X 10.10.x and above to the UCSD virtual private network (VPN).

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 log into your computer with administrator rights.
  • 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.
  • Computer must be running 10.10.x and above to use the Cisco AnyConnect Client. Older operating systems are no longer supported.

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1. Uninstalling the old client

  • To uninstall older versions follow these steps (This will require a computer restart)
    • Go to your Applications folder
    • Locate and double-click on the Cisco folder
    • Double-click on Uninstall AnyConnect
    • Click Uninstall
    • Enter your computer's administrator password
    • You will then see a message saying that, "AnyConnect has been uninstalled".
      • Click Close
    • Restart your computer
    • Continue with step 2

2. Download the UCSD VPN AnyConnect client for Intel.

  • Download the VPN AnyConnect client for Intel.
  • Save the client to your desktop.
  • After the download completes, double-click the anyconnect-macos-4.4.03034 -core-vpn-webdeploy-k9.pkg installation file. The AnyConnect icon shown below will appear on your desktop.
  • Double-click the AnyConnect drive image.
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3. Run the installation package.

  • Double-click the AnyConnect file inside of the window

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4. Begin the installation.

  • Click Continue to begin the installation.
  • When prompted, click Continue.

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5. Accept the license agreement.

  • Click Continue.
  • When the Software License Agreement window appears, click Agree to accept.

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6. Continue the installation.

  • Click Continue.
  • Click Install.
  • If prompted, enter your Administrative (system) username and password.

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7. Finish the installation.

  • When you see the Install Succeeded pop-up window, click Close to continue.

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8. Run the AnyConnect client.

  • Go to the Cisco folder in Applications and double-click the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

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9. Connect to the UCSD VPN.

  • Enter vpn.ucsd.edu in the Connect to field.
  • Press the return key.

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10. 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 allthruucsd when accessing Library resources and the CMS.
  • Enter your AD username and password.
  • Click Connect.

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11. Disconnect.

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

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