WiscVPN (Windows) - Downloading and Installing the WiscVPN 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.

This document describes how to download and install the WiscVPN AnyConnect client on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 systems. AnyConnect supports both 32bit and 64bit Windows' Operating Systems.

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 https://wiscvpn.doit.wisc.edu.

Note: The AnyConnect installer will not uninstall previous versions of WiscVPN, as both can be installed without issue. However, it is recommended to uninstall any old WiscVPN client software before proceeding.

For automatic WiscVPN installation, 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.

If you are using Internet Explorer, you will first need to add "https://wiscvpn.doit.wisc.edu/" to Internet Explorer's list of trusted sites. To do this, follow the directions found here: Internet Explorer - Trusting a Web Site.

  1. Point a web browser to the WiscVPN AnyConnect Page https://wiscvpn.doit.wisc.edu/

  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

    If you do not know which connection type to select, use the default IP-Pool option. After you have made a selection and entered your NetID credentials, press the Login button.

  3. The download and installation process should begin automatically. Follow along with any popups that may appear.
    • Firefox:
      • Accept the web site's certificate.

      • Allow the Java applet to run.

      • Proceeding past the last certificate warning.

    • Internet Explorer:

      • Accept any ActiveX installers that appear.
      • If you do not want to or cannot accept the ActiveX control, you can click the Download button to manually download the installation file.

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

    The AnyConnect client icon will appear in the taskbar.

    You can disconnect from WiscVPN by clicking the icon and selecting the Disconnect button.

  5. In Windows XP, Vista, and 7, the installer will have created a program in the Start menu called Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client:

    The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client appears under All Programs or Program Files.

    In Windows 8, the installed program can be found under Apps on the Start screen.

    The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client appears under All Apps.

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

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Keywords:wiscvpn vpn virtual private network networking install installing client cisco xp vista win7 win8 anyconnect any connect windows dialer 64 64bit ipsec   Doc ID:11997
Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2009-08-17 19:00 CDTUpdated:2018-06-14 15:08 CDT
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