Virtual Private Networking (VPN)

About VPN
Windows Installation Instructions
Mac OS X Installation Instructions
Connecting to the VPN
Disconnecting from the VPN

About VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) provides a secure and encrypted connection to the university's campus network from a computer located off campus. With a VPN connection, you can access restricted campus websites, university file servers (StudentFiles, StaffFiles and FacultyFiles), and the campus Exchange server.

To install and run our AnyConnect VPN Client software, your computer must have:

  • The most current version of Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OSX 10.4 or above, or Linux
  • Updated anti-virus software (free downloads available)
  • A reliable Internet connection

For security and accessibility purposes, VPN connections are limited to 8 hours at a time. If you need to continue using the VPN, simply disconnect and reconnect the AnyConnect Client.

For assistance, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu.

Windows Installation Instructions

Depending on which browser and operating system version you are running, you may see small variations from the directions below.

  1. On an off-campus Internet connection, go to https://vpn2.pugetsound.edu and log in using your Puget Sound username and password.
  2. On the left-side menu, choose AnyConnect.

    Select AnyConnect
  3. Click Start AnyConnect.

    Start AnyConnect
    1. You may see a message that says, “This site might require the following Active X controls.” Right-click on the message and choose Install Active X Control…

      Install Active X
    2. If you receive a pop-up window requiring administrator privileges for installation, see the Manual Installation Instructions.

      Admin Privileges Required
    3. You may receive a warning that the idJavaSun’s digital certificate has been verified. Click Run to continue the installation.

      JavaSun ID

  4. The installation will begin. In Vista and Windows 7, a User Acceptance window will pop up. Click Allow to continue.
  5. When the VPN Client is finished downloading and installing, it will connect to the Puget Sound network. Your browser window will indicate it has established a connection (you may note the network lock in your system tray near the time display).

    Connection Established

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Special Instructions - Windows Vista running IE7

IE7 add trusted siteFor Vista users in Internet Explorer 7, you’ll need to add the VPN address to your list of trusted sites.

  1. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options and then the Security tab.
  2. Choose Trusted sites and click Sites.
  3. Add https://vpn2.pugetsound.edu to your trusted sites (note: it is https, not http).
  4. Click Close and OK.

Manual Installation Instructions

Please follow these steps if you see a pop-up window requiring administrator privileges as described in step 3b above when installing the VPN in Windows:

  1. In the current installation window, click Download to begin.

    Click Download
  2. On the resulting Manual Installation screen, click the Windows Vista/64/XP/2000 link towards the bottom of the screen.

    Click Windows Link
  3. A file download window will pop up. Choose Run. When asked to run the software, select Run again.

    Choose Run
  4. The installation wizard will open. Choose Next.
  5. In the End-User License screen, check the I accept the terms in the License Agreement button  and click Next.

    I Accept and Next
  6. Click Install to begin. If you’re using Vista or Windows 7, you may need to click Allow and/or provide your administrator credentials.
  7. When the installation is complete, see Connecting to the VPN to continue.

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Mac OS X Installation Instructions

Depending on which browser and operating system version you are running, you may see small variations from the directions below.

  1. On an off-campus Internet connection, go to https://vpn2.pugetsound.edu and log in using your Puget Sound username and password.
  2. On the left-side menu, choose AnyConnect.

  3. Click Start AnyConnect.

  4. You may get a certificate warning about Cisco Systems. Click Trust and the installation process should begin.

  5. When the VPN Client is finished downloading and installing, it will connect to the Puget Sound network. Your browser window will indicate it has established a connection (note the network lock in the menu bar).

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Connecting to the VPN

After installing the VPN client, you will use the following steps when you want to connect. You must be off-campus for AnyConnect to work. If you need to access a network share, see the instructions for Mapping a Network Drive.

  1. To open AnyConnect:
    1. On a Windows-based computer, go to Start > Programs > Cisco and click Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.
    2. On a Mac, go to the Applications folder in the Finder. Inside the Cisco folder, click Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.
  2. In the Connect to: field, enter the server address for the VPN connection: vpn2.pugetsound.edu
  3. Click Connect.
  4. The client will contact the Puget Sound network. When prompted, enter your Puget Sound username and password and click Connect.

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Disconnecting from the VPN

To disconnect on a Windows-based computer, right-click the icon in the system tray at the bottom right of your screen and select Disconnect.

On a Mac, click the menu bar icon in the top right of your screen and choose Disconnect.

For assistance, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu.

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Forgotten Password?

Connecting to the campus network requires a current Puget Sound account. If your password has expired or you cannot remember it, use the self-service password reset in Cascade.