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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 either reset it at https://adweb.ucsd.edu/adpass/ or contact your department's systems administrator.
  • ACT is testing the support of SBL (Start Before Login) on Windows-based machines.

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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, 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 the UCSD VPN.

  • In the first window, enter vpn.ucsd.edu 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:
    • 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 this when accessing Library resources and the CMS.
  • Enter your Active Directory username and password.
  • Click OK.

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8. Disconnect.

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

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