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Install CU VPN for Macintosh

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 https://cuvpn.cuvpn.cornell.edu. The SSL VPN Service Login dialog box will open.
  2. Enter the following:
    • Group: Leave this set to CornellVPN 
      (even if you will be using a departmental VPN after installing AnyConnect).

    • User Name: Enter your Cornell NetID.

    • Password: Enter your Cornell NetID password.

  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 VPN, see our Connect Macintosh article.

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