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VPN Connection and Client Installation

This document describes how to access the DiscoverIT VPN and install Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. A virtual private network (VPN) creates an encrypted connection over a less secure network. Using a VPN ensures the appropriate level of security to the connected systems when the underlying network infrastructure alone cannot provide it.

You should have also received an earlier mail with an initial password for VPN services. If you have not received a mail with your initial password, mail to have a new password issued.

Click this link for a step by step instructional video on installing and connecting to the AnyConnect VPN. You will need to use your email in order to view the video.

Connecting to the Discovery Network

  1. Check your email for a Duo enrollment email and follow the instructions to enroll your mobile phone

  2. Point a web browser at and login with your assigned login/password from the machine that needs remote access.

  3. The site will attempt to install the client automatically. If it is unsuccessful, click the "AnyConnect VPN" link to download the installer.

  4. Open the file that downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions to install the VPN client software onto your machine.

  5. Once the software is installed, open "Cisco AnyConnect" on your computer

  6. Enter "" in the window that opens.

  7. Log in with your VPN username and password.

  8. Approve the connection in the Duo app


Open the VPN client user interface by double-clicking the icon in the system tray, the Disconnect button in the Connections tab of the user interface will allow you to sever your connection to the Discovery network.


The VPN software is installed the first time you connect to the Discovery network, for subsequent connections you may start the already installed software. During subsequent connections, the VPN software also checks it is the latest version and will notify you, and then give you the option to install the newest software. On Windows, the software will be installed under the “Start” menu in Cisco→Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. Under the 'Connect To' box make sure to use If you use the Cisco AnyConnect software to connect to a different remote network, the client will generally fill in the box with the last network you connected to.

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Changing your initial VPN password

You can change your initial VPN password via the webform here: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - Change Password. Note the form is only available on internal VPN workstations and to remote users when already connected to the VPN service. Make sure you select to change your VPN password from the drop down selection box.

See Also: WiscVPN