Software VPN for Mac

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 already have VPN access, you shouldn't need to do anything.  If you don't have access already, click Submit

Note: If you already have the Cisco AnyConnect client installed, please proceed to step 11

3. Go to  Select ENGINEERING_LICENSING from the drop down menu, then log in with your CAE credentials.

4. You should see a page telling you unauthorized use is prohibited.  Click continue.


5.Now the AnyConnect auto installer will launch. 

6. Odds are the auto installation will fail.  When it does, there should be a link with the heading "Install using the link below:" with you version of Mac OSX listed under it.  Click that link.

 7. In your downloads folder, there should now be a file that says vpnsetup.dmg  Click on it to mount it.


A folder should open containing a file called vpn.pkg.  click it to launch the installer.  


      **If you get an error saying "vpn.pkg is damaged" such as the one below, please see the addendum at the bottom of the article


8. When the installer launches, click continue. 


9. Click continue again and accept the license agreement. If you wish to change the install location, do so, otherwise click install.


10. When the installation finishes, the screen should say "Installation Successful"; now click close.

11. Now Launch Cisco AnyConnect Client.  In the "Connect to" box, enter "" and click select.  Now select ENGINEERING_LICENSING from the drop down menu, and enter your CAE username and password and click connect.


12. A box should pop up saying unauthorized use is prohibited among other things.  Click accept.  If the VPN connection establishes, the box should disappear. 

**Addendum:  Users who have upgraded to Mountain Lion may find that the install fails with the error message "vpn.pkg is damaged and can't be opened. You should eject the disk image." This is due to the new security protections in Mountain Lion. To allow the install to proceed, go to System Preferences->Personal->Security & Privacy. Launch the Secuity and Privacy applet. Cick on the General tab to highlight it. Click on the lock icon in the lower left corner of the screen to allow changes. Under the heading "Allow applications downloaded from:" click on the Anywhere radio button. Now double click on the vpn.pkg install package. The installation should proceed as normal. When it is finished, you can change the Security & Privacy setting back to the previous setting. 


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Keywords:software vpn tethered mac cisco any connect any connect   Doc ID:34109
Owner:Dan S.Group:Computer-Aided Engineering
Created:2013-10-03 09:43 CDTUpdated:2017-10-23 13:13 CDT
Sites:Computer-Aided Engineering
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