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Configuring the UCSD VPN Client for Windows 7 via Conventional Installation

Download and configure the new UCSD Virtual Private Network (VPN) AnyConnect client on your Windows 7 machine for a conventional installation.

If you only need to access common campus websites 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 reset it yourself or contact your department's systems administrator.
  • ACT is testing the support of SBL (Start Before Login) on Windows-based machines.

1. Download the UCSD VPN AnyConnect client

  • Download the VPN AnyConnect client.
  • Save the client to your desktop.
  • After the download completes, double-click the ucsdvpn.msi installation file located on your desktop.

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2. Begin the installation

  • Click Next to begin the installation.

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3. Accept the license agreement

  • Accept the terms, and click Next.

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4. Continue the installation

  • Click Install.

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5. Finish the installation

  • Click Finish.

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6. Run the AnyConnect client

  • Click Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client in your Start Menu under All Programs.

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7. Authenticate with UCSD VPN using DUO 2-Step Authentication

  • In the first window, enter in the box and click on the “Connect” button to the right
  • A second window will appear. Select your desired connection profile from the Group drop-down menu:
    • 2-Step Secured - allthruucsd – Route all traffic through the UCSD VPN. Use this when accessing Library resources and CMS website staging links. This is the preferred method.
    • 2-Step Secured - split – Route only campus traffic through the UCSD VPN. All other traffic goes through your normal Internet provider.
  • In the Username field, enter your Active Directory (AD) username
  • In the Passcode field, use the following to authenticate through DUO (See Two-Step Login: VPN for further details):
    • If you receive DUO push notifications on your mobile phone enter:
      • yourADpassword,push
    • If you receive a DUO phone call to authenticate, enter:
      • yourADpassword,phone
    • If you use a DUO token to generate a passcode enter:
      • yourADpassword,6digitpasscodefromtoken
  • Click OK.

8. Disconnect

  • Right-click the AnyConnect client icon in the System Tray, located in the lower right corner of your screen.
  • Select VPN Disconnect.

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To ask questions, request a service, or report an issue, contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357 or ext. 6-HELP.