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Install the VPN client: Windows

Supported for: Windows 8, 8.1 and current Microsoft-supported Windows 10 x86 (32-bit) and X64 (64-bit), also Microsoft-supported versions of Windows 10 for ARM64-based PCs

The Cisco AnyConnect client is a VPN client that supports multiple operating systems. The best way to install it is from the VPN server itself. It is best to uninstall any IPSEC client first (Cisco, Shrew, etc.) before installing the AnyConnect client.

  1. Navigate to and enter your NetLink credentials in the username and password fields.
  2. Read through the VPN service notice and press Continue.
  3. Select "Download for Windows"
  4. The AnyConnect client will automatically install and connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

  5. If prompted, connect to
  6. Use your NetLink ID and password as the credentials. Leave the Group: field set to Default.
  7. A small AnyConnect icon will appear in the task-bar indicating the client is connected.

Additional information: If the VPN client does not automatically download and install, please follow the manual Windows configuration instructions.

Note: If you want to use file sharing or connect to a local printer while connected to VPN, follow these additional steps:

    • Right click the AnyConnect icon in the task-bar and select Open AnyConnect.
    • Click on the Connection tab.
    • Click the gears icon to the right of the Connect to field.

Using the VPN

Once connected to UVic VPN, you can to map network drives.  For an example of this, see instructions on how to Connect to Personal home file storage.