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Configuring the UCSD VPN Client for Windows 8 via Conventional Installation

Download and configure the new UCSD Virtual Private Network (VPN) AnyConnect client on your Windows 8 Desktop and Tablet 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 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 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.
  • Click Run.


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.
  • You may be asked if you want to allow the following program to intall softwasre on this computer
    • Click Yes
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5. Finish the installation

  • Click Finish
  • Restart your system
    • Settings/Power/Restart
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6. Run the AnyConnect client

  • Click Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client in your Start Menu.vpn-startmenu

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

  • Go to Start Menu click AnyConnect client icon.
  • Select Disconnect.
To ask questions, request a service, or report an issue, contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357 or ext. 6-HELP.