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Install the VPN client: Windows

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 https://vpn.uvic.ca and enter your NetLink credentials in the username and password fields.

    Login
  2. Read through the VPN service notice and press Continue.

    Notice
  3. If you are prompted by a security warning, click Run.

    Security warning
  4. The AnyConnect client will automatically install and connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN). If prompted, connect to vpn.uvic.ca and use your NetLink ID and password as the credentials. Leave the Group: field set to Default.
  5. A small AnyConnect icon will appear in the task-bar indicating the client is connected.

    Done

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.
  • Check the box next to Enable local LAN access (if configured).

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.