Configuring the UCSD VPN Client for Windows 8, 10, or 11 via Conventional Installation


Download and configure the new UCSD Virtual Private Network (VPN) AnyConnect client on your Windows 8, 10, or 11 Desktop and Tablet for a conventional installation.

Critical Concepts

If you only need to access common campus Web sites or remote desktop computing, use the VPN EasyConnect option. See instructions in Virtual Private Networks at UCSD

  1. You must log into your computer with administrator rights.
  2. You need your Active Directory (AD) username and password. If you don't remember your AD username or password, you can either reset it at or contact your department's systems administrator.
  3. ACT is testing the support of SBL (Start Before Login) on Windows-based machines.


Steps to Take


  1. Download the UCSD VPN AnyConnect client
    1. Download the VPN AnyConnect client (UCSD login required).
    2. Click Run, or find the downloaded file and open it.


  2. Begin the installation
    1. Click Next to begin the installation.

      Task screenshot

  3. Accept the license agreement
    1. Accept the terms, and click Next.

      Task screenshot

  4. Continue the installation
    1. Click Install.
    2. You may be asked if you want to allow the following program to intall software on this computer
    3. Click Yes

      Task screenshot

  5. Finish the installation
    1. Click Finish
    2. Restart your system
      1. Settings/Power/Restart

        Task screenshot
  6. Run the AnyConnect client
    • On Windows 10 and 11:  Click on the Windows Start Button (this will display the Windows Start Menu).  Click on All Apps and choose the Cisco folder.
    • On Windows 8:  Click Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client in your Start Menu.
  7. Click on the Windows Start Button (this will display the Windows Start Menu).
    2. In the first window, enter in the box and click on the “Connect” button to the right.
  8. A second window will appear. Select your desired connection profile from the Group drop-down menu:
    • 2-Step Secured - allthruucsd – Route all traffic through the UCSD VPN. Use this when accessing Library resources and CMS website staging links. This is the preferred method. 
    • 2-Step Secured - split – Route only campus traffic through the UCSD VPN. All other traffic goes through your normal Internet provider.
    • allthruucsd - Route all traffic through the UCSD VPN.
      • Use this option when accessing Library resources and the CMS.
  9. In the Username field, enter your Active Directory (AD) username
      • In the Passcode field, use the following to authenticate through DUO (See Two-Step Login: VPN for further details):
        • If you receive DUO push notifications on your mobile phone enter: yourADpassword,push
        • If you receive a DUO phone call to authenticate, enter: yourADpassword,phone
        • If you use a DUO token to generate a passcode enter: yourADpassword,6digitpasscodefromtoken
      • Click OK.



  10. Disconnect
    1. Click on the Windows Start Button (this will display the Windows Start Menu).
    2. Click on All Apps and choose the Cisco Folder. 
    3. Proceed with selecting the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
    4. When the window appears, select Disconnect.

      Disconnecting from the VPN
If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please submit a ticket or call the ITS Service Desk at (858) 246-4357.