If you have not yet downloaded and installed the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client, see instructions on how to download and install.

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect client.

    Windows users click Start > All Programs > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

    Mac users go to Applications > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  2. The first time you launch the client, you may need to enter the server name vpn.uiowa.edu, then click Connect (Windows) or Select (Mac).

    Windows client

    Mac client
  3. Enter your HawkID and password and click the OK button (Windows) or the Connect button (Mac).

    Windows client

    Mac client
  4. Once the connection has been successfully established, the AnyConnect icon appears on the bottom toolbar (Windows) or the top menu bar (Mac).
  5. Once connected, if you would like to disconnect from the VPN, right click on the AnyConnect icon in the toolbar or top menu bar and select the disconnect option.
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August 11, 2017