This document contains instructions on how to obtain, install and configure the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client version 3.x on Windows PCs.
Use of the VPN client software is restricted to users of the OUCS Remote Access Service only — see the web page Usage Terms for Software Agreements for details.
In order to use the VPN service, you will need to have the necessary Remote Access Services username and password. For details see the online self registration service page.
Please make sure that you have read the introduction and general requirements, which apply to all VPN clients, before attempting to configure your computer or mobile device to connect to the VPN.
1. System Requirements
The AnyConnect VPN Client version 3.x supports PCs running Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista Service Pack 2 and above or Windows XP Service Pack 3 and above. The client supports 64-bit editions of Windows.
If you use Windows 8 Professional edition note that there is currently a problem which means that you will not be able to make a VPN connection over a wireless network.
2. Installing and Configuring the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
2.1. Obtaining the VPN Client Software
In order to use the VPN service you must install the Cisco VPN client software, which you may download from the OUCS self-registration pages.
VPN Clientfrom the list of available software. If you have not downloaded the VPN software before you will be prompted to register before you can download it. Once registered you should see the VPN Client downloads page.
AnyConnect VPN Client for Windows 7.
[Save]and save the file (called something similar to
anyconnect-vpn-win7.msi) to a convenient storage location on your computer's hard disk. Make a note of the file's location.
2.2. Installing the Client Software
Downloadswindow and clicking on
Run. For other web browsers you may need to browse to the folder where you saved the installer and double-click on it to start the installion.
Figure v3-installer.png [Welcome Screen]
2.3. Making the VPN Connection
Start the VPN program via the Start menu. Open the
[All Programs] menu, then select
AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client] and open the VPN program which is also
[Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client].
Figure v3-systemtrayicon-firstrun.png [Starting the VPN Client program for the first time]
vpn.ox.ac.ukinto this box and click on
Connect. The program will remember this setting so the next time you run the program it should already show
vpn.ox.ac.ukin the box.
Figure v3-systemtrayicon-run.png [Running the VPN Client program]After a couple of seconds you will see a new window where you can enter a username and password. Please remember to use your Remote Access Account details.
Figure v3-authentication-prompt.png [Enter account details ]
OK. If the connection is successful, you should see an icon with a padlock in the system tray (near the clock on the bottom right of your screen). If you are using Windows 7 or 8 you may need to click on the up-arrow to see the icon.
Figure v3-systemtray-icon-connected.png [VPN Connection icon]VPN connected
Figure v3-systemtray-icon-disconnected.png [VPN Connection icon (disconnected)]VPN disconnected
3. Closing the VPN Connection
VPNicon in the System Tray.
Figure v3-systemtray-icon-connected.png [VPN Connection icon]
[VPN Disconnect]and click with the left mouse button.
Figure v3-systemtray-icon-menu-connected.png [VPN Connection icon and pop-up menu showing Open AnyConnect, Disconnect, Quit]
Figure v3-systemtray-icon-disconnected.png [VPN Connection icon (disconnected)]
VPNicon in the System Tray and choose
[Open AnyConnect]to re-open the program. Note that once the software is installed, in future when you boot up your computer and log in then the
VPNicon should appear automatically in the System Tray. If want to completely quit the VPN client then right-click on the
VPNicon and choose
[Quit]. The icon should then disappear from your screen.
Figure v3-systemtray-icon-menu-disconnected.png [VPN Open AnyConnect or Quit]
4. Further Information
For answers to common questions and solutions to any more frequently encountered problems please see the Frequently Asked Questions for Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client web page.