CoE VPN "Collaborator"

How to use the "collaborator" version of the CoE VPN. Collaborator mode is special restricted version of the CoE VPN for users that have affiliations in the College of Engineering, but do not have access to UW paid resources. This version will give access to researcher's systems, but will not give access to CAE resources, software, or any other UW paid resources (library, etc.)

Important Note

"Collaborators" in the College of Engineering have a set of restrictions on their accounts, primarily due to the terms of software licensing. This includes restrictions on the use of software on CAE lab computers. As a result, collaborators will be unable to access CAE Linux lab computers using SSVNC. Collaborators, who were formally students at UW Madison cannot use to ssh to their clusters.

There are, however, other ways to access the CAE server. WITHOUT connecting to a VPN, use PuTTY, Terminal, or similar SSH client, connect to "" and log in with your CAE credentials. You can then SSH to the CAE Linux server.

How to setup the Cisco VPN client with the Collaborator Profile to Access the College of Engineering's VPN service

If you would like detailed instructions on how to install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client, please see these other Knowledge Base articles:

Collaborator Access

Do you have permission to use the Collaborator profile? While the profile to use the collaborator mode is freely available, there are specific access controls on your account that need to be set before you can use this service. If you are not sure if access has been granted, please contact the CAE Helpdesk at

Install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Please note that you only need to install the AnyConnect Client once!
  1. Navigate your browser to
  2. From the drop-down box next to "GROUP:" , select the item "Engineering_Collaborator" and then enter your CAE username and password. This should give you log you in and allow you to install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

    If the VPN client does not install properly, please contact

Connect to the Engineering VPN

  1. Start the Cisco AnyConnect Client (right-click on the AnyConnect icon in your tool bar) and select "Engineering_Collaborator" as the Group.
  2. When you are asked for your username and password, enter your CAE ID and then enter the password that is associated with your CAE ID.

Congratulations! If the Engineering VPN accepted your username and password, the connection was successful. If you would like to double-check and confirm that you are using an IP address that is allowed through our firewall, click on the menu item "Status" and then select the option "Statistics".

If the connection was successful, you should see an IP address that is in the range of - listed as the "Client" address under the "Address Information" section of that window.

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Keywords:coe engineering vpn researcher collaborator anyconnect   Doc ID:13824
Owner:Noel K.Group:Computer-Aided Engineering
Created:2010-04-15 19:00 CDTUpdated:2018-04-05 14:16 CDT
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