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Install CU VPN for Mac

Install the Cisco AnyConnect 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:
    • 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 DUO Passcode (push/SMS/phone) box, type one of the following options to complete Two-Step Login:
  3. 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.
  4. If you see two tabs labeled Download and Automatic Provisioning, select Download. (It's okay if you don't see these tabs.)
  5. Click Download for macOS.
  6. Navigate to your default downloads folder and double-click the anyconnect dmg file, then double-click the anyconnect pkg file.
    You may be asked to enter an administrative password for your computer.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    If asked, on the Installation Type screen, make sure VPN is selected and everything else is not selected.
  8. If installing on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher, you may see System Extension Blocked alert. If you see this alert, follow the lettered steps below. Otherwise, continue with step 9 below.
    1. Click Open Preferences (or Open Security Preferences). The System Preferences - Security & Privacy panel will open.
    2. Next to System software from developer "Cisco" was blocked from loading click Allow.
    3. Close the Security & Privacy Panel.
    4. Click OK or Dismiss on the Extension Blocked dialog box.
  9. Close the installer.
For information about connecting using the CU VPN, see our Connect Mac to CU VPN article.

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