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Install CU VPN for Linux

Install the Cisco Secure Client software to connect to Cornell's VPN service. You must have administrative privileges to install the software. 

This article applies to: CU VPN

Enter the following:

  1. Connect to The SSL VPN Service Login dialog box will open.
  2. Enter the following: 
For information about connecting using the VPN, see our Connect Linux article.
  • In the Group box, select Two-Step_Login. This is required for all VPNs as of July 15, 2021.
  • 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 Second Password box, type one of the following options to complete Two-Step Login:
  1. A Downloads page will appear after a successful login. It may take a few seconds to a few minutes to collect information about your system.
  2. If you see two tabs labeled Download and Automatic Provisioning, select Download. (It's okay if you don't see these tabs.)
  3. Click Download for Linux.
  4. Locate the downloaded file, named anyconnect-linux64-[version] Downloaded files are usually stored in /home/<username>/Downloads. The download location is used for ${DOWNLOAD} in the following step. Make note of the filename, which contains a version number. If your version number is different from the number shown in the next step, be sure to use your script's exact name.
  5. Execute the install shell script with sudo access in a Terminal window:
    sudo /bin/sh ${DOWNLOAD}/  
  6. Close the installer.


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