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How to use the CAE Software License VPN (formerly called tethered software)

If you are a Graduate Student, Faculty, or Staff, please follow these instructions:

In order to comply with software licensing agreements, CAE has changed the authorization process for tethered software. In order to use tethered software, you must use a VPN connection. If you already have CoE VPN, you will not need the software VPN. 

These instructions are for Windows. For Mac instructions, please see:
1. Go to to request the VPN access.  Be sure to use your CAE credentials, not your NetID and Password.  Click Login.


2. If you do not already have access to software VPN, the following page will appear (you will need to click "Submit"). If you do have access, go to the next screenshot.


(After you click Submit, the following page will appear:)


If you have already installed Cisco AnyConnect for WiscVPN, please proceed to step 8

3. Wait a few minutes for the update to your account to take effect. Then go to

4. From the "Group" drop down menu, select "ENGINEERING_LICENSING", then enter your CAE username and password

NOTE: If you are a Graduate Student, Faculty, or Staff, you will need to select Engineering_Split or Engineering_Full


5. A page will appear telling you that once you are connected, you will have to abide by the UW-Madison Acceptable Use Policy.  Click Continue. 

6.  Once you select continue, you will be redirected to the Cisco AnyConnect installer. 

7. You should be able to run through the installer without a problem.  If you do run into any issues, you can use the same general instructions found here, starting with step 3.   ***If AnyConnect fails to install, check the link below titled "Installing Cisco AnyConnect Manually"***

8. Once the AnyConnect client is installed, connecting to the VPN should be simple. Once you've launched the client, select UW Dept VPN (central campus) from the drop down menu, then click connect.

Note: If you had already installed the VPN client (for WiscVPN or another VPN connection) you may need to enter the following into the connect-to box: ""

9.  A window should pop-up, allowing you to select from a large number of Groups.  Select "ENGINEERING_LICENSING" then enter you CAE username and password.

10. At this point, another window may pop up, with the same information found in step 5. Again, click Continue.


11.  The window at the bottom of the screen should now change to say you are connected.

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Keywords:tethered software vpn authorize authorized remote mac   Doc ID:32730
Owner:Dan S.Group:Computer-Aided Engineering
Created:2013-08-13 14:42 CDTUpdated:2017-09-12 13:48 CDT
Sites:Computer-Aided Engineering
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