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Cisco Anyconnect (Mac) - Downloading and Installing the AnyConnect Client


WiscVPN is transitioning from using Cisco AnyConnect to Palo Alto GlobalProtect. For information on which client to use during the transition, see the news item WiscVPN Client Transition.

IMPORTANT: These instructions have been written for the latest version of the WiscVPN AnyConnect client. If you are still using the previous version, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade now. The current version is compatible with all supported versions of Windows and Mac OS X and can be downloaded from

This document describes how to download and install the WiscVPN AnyConnect client on OSX 10.6 and newer.

Note: you must have Java v1.4 or higher installed on your system otherwise you will be given a download link for manual install. Also, make sure you are not connected to another VPN during the installation process.

  1. Point a web browser to the WiscVPN AnyConnect Page

  2. Set the Group drop down box to the desired connection type and type in your NetID username/password.
    • IP-pool: dynamic IP
    • IP-pool-OffCampus: dynamic IP, split tunneling
    • IP-static: static IP
    • IP-static-OffCampus: static IP, split tunneling
    For more information on connection types, see WiscVPN - Split Tunneling
    For more information about the difference between dynamic and static IP's as well as how to acquire a static IP, see WiscVPN - Static vs. Dynamic IP Addresses
  3. The download and installation process should begin automatically. Follow along with any popups that may appear.
    • Firefox:
      • Allow the Java applet to run.

        An applet from is requesting unrestricted access to your computer.

      • Proceed past the last certificate warning.
    • Safari:
      • Allow the Java applet to run.

        An applet from is requesting unrestricted access to your computer.

  4. Once the installer is finished, it will immediately connect you to the WiscVPN server and place an icon in the menu bar that looks like:

    The AnyConnect icon will appear in the menu bar.
  5. You can disconnect from WiscVPN by clicking the icon and choosing the Disconnect.
  6. The installer will have created a folder in Applications called Cisco with the program Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client within it.

The WiscVPN client software is now successfully installed. See the following document to connect:
WiscVPN (Mac) - Connecting with the WiscVPN AnyConnect Client.

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Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2009-10-31 19:00 CDTUpdated:2019-09-03 11:23 CDT
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