Cisco AnyConnect is a client that is installed on your home computer or laptop. After connecting with the AnyConnect client, you can access campus resources and use them as though you were on campus.

How to download and install AnyConnect

  1. Log in to the ITS Software Download site if you are a UIowa employee or visit if you do not have access to that service
  2. Select Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
  3. Click on the appropriate installer for your operating system to download the installer file
  4. When the download is complete:
    • For Windows installs, double-click the .msi installer file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the client
    • For Mac installs, double-click the .dmg image file, then double-click the .pkg file to install the client
  5. After the client is installed, launch the client:
    • For Windows - Start>All Programs>Cisco folder
    • For Mac - Applications>Cisco folder

How to configure and log in to AnyConnect

  1. Open Cisco AnyConnect
  2. Enter the server name if it is not auto-generated

  1. Signing in:
    • Group: Default
    • Username: HawkID
    • Password: HawkID Password
    • Second Password: Two-Step Login authentication method
      • You can enter push, phone, or sms in this field
        • If you choose sms, it will say "Login failed.", to continue, re-enter your HawkID password and enter the first passcode you received via text message in the Second Password field

Cisco AnyConnect Login Screen for Windows
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March 17, 2020