Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Installation Guide

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides a secure connection between a user and a protected service. The University of Mississippi provides VPN account services to authorized users that have a need to access the University's internal network from a remote location.

The Cisco AnyConnect Client provides VPN connectivity to our on-campus resources. Users will need to install the client software to establish the secured connection. This installation procedure will only need to be completed once. The program will remain on the device and can be called up any time it is needed.

Cisco AnyConnect is available for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, and Linux. Please follow the appropriate instructions for your OS below.


Microsoft Windows & Apple OS X Setup:

To begin the installation process on a Windows or OS X device, point your browser to vpn.olemiss.edu. Here you will see a sign-on screen like the one below:

Enter your UM WebID and password in the spaces provided, ensure Group "UM-Faculty-Staff" is selected, and click "Login". You will then be prompted to install the AnyConnect software and should proceed by replying "yes" or "continue" where appropriate. After installation, launch the Cisco AnyConnect program. You'll be prompted for your UM WebID and password (the Group should automatically be "UM-Faculty-Staff"). Click "Connect" to establish the VPN.


Apple iOS Setup:

For devices running iOS, including iPhone and iPad, you will need to install the free Cisco AnyConnect app from the Apple App Store. The link below should take you directly to the app download page.

After installation, launch the Cisco AnyConnect program. If prompted, tap "OK" to allow the app to extend VPN capabilities. Tap "No Connections" and then "Add VPN Connection". Set the Server Address to "vpn.olemiss.edu" and tap "Save". Tap "AnyConnect" to go back. To connect, tap the toggle by "AnyConnect VPN". You'll be prompted for your UM WebID and password (the Group should automatically be "UM-Faculty-Staff"). Tap "Connect" and you're on the VPN.

Download AnyConnect for iOS


Google Android Setup:

For devices running Android, including phones and tablets, you will need to install the free Cisco AnyConnect app from the Google Play Store. The link below should take you directly to the app download page.

After installation, launch the Cisco AnyConnect program. Tap "Connection" and then "Add New VPN Connection". Set the Server Address to "vpn.olemiss.edu" and tap "Done". Tap your "Back" button to go back. To connect, tap the toggle by "AnyConnect VPN". You'll be prompted for your UM WebID and password (the Group should automatically be "UM-Faculty-Staff"). Tap "Connect" and you're on the VPN.

Download AnyConnect for Android


Linux / Advanced Setup:

For devices running a recent Linux distribution and kernel 2.4 or greater, you will need to manually compile the Cisco AnyConnect app. The link below will take you to our VPN Software Downloads page with tar files for 32 and 64 bit Linux. The client can usually be compiled by running the "vpn/vpn_install.sh" script which is included in the appropriate tar file. Depending on the system, this setup script will install a GUI and/or a command line version of AnyConnect.

After installation, launch the Cisco AnyConnect program. Set the Server Address to "vpn.olemiss.edu" (this may need to be entered into the "policy" file prior to launch for the command line version). You'll be prompted for your UM WebID and password, and for the Group which should be "UM-Faculty-Staff". Once your credentials are accepted the VPN tunnel will be connected.

Note the VPN Software Downloads page also includes various AnyConnect files which may be used for advanced deployment needs. This includes standalone versions of AnyConnect for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Download Linux / Advanced AnyConnect


If you have questions about the installation or connection process please contact the UM IT Helpdesk at 662-915-5222. The representative will be able to provide more detail about the compatibility of your particular device and assist with setting up your VPN.