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Connect to Cornell's VPN using Cisco AnyConnect software

This article applies to: CU VPN

To use Cornell's Virtual Private Network (VPN) with campus networks and services, you must use Cisco AnyConnect VPN software. See How to Install Cisco VPN Software for instructions.

By July 15, 2021, Two-Step Login will be required for all users to authenticate to the CU VPN and all departmental VPNS. Using Two-Step Login allows you to better protect both your personal information and the university's services and data under your custodianship.

Connect to CU VPN with Two-Step Login

Duo Security provides documentation on how to log in to the Cisco AnyConnect client used with Cornell's VPN service. For more information, see Logging in with Cisco AnyConnect Client.

  1. In a Finder window, click Applications, then Cisco, and then double-click Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client.
  2. In the AnyConnect window be sure that is selected in the Connect To box, and then click Connect.

  3. In the Cisco AnyConnect window:
    • In the Group box, select Two-Step_Login. This will be required for all VPNs as of July 15, 2021, but you can use it any time.
    • In the User Name box, enter your Cornell NetID or GuestID.
      Note: If you are connecting to a departmental VPN, enter your NetID and the name of the departmental group, for example, pqs665@departmental_group_name.
    • In the Password box, enter your NetID password.
    • In the DUO Passcode (push/SMS/phone) box, type one of the following options to complete Two-Step Login:
  4. Click OK.
  5. If you entered push or phone, complete the Two-Step Login process.
    You're now connected to the VPN.
If you don't have access to the default device you use for Two-Step Login, you can use an alternate device. In Step 3 above, enter the method you use to complete Two-Step Login followed by a number, for example push2 or phone2. To see the devices you have set up and the numbers to use for each, go to Your Two-Step Login Devices and use the number in the Device Number column.
Manage Devices screen with Device Number column highlighted

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