Using a VPN Connection on Windows when Off Campus

Tags VPN Remote

How To:

  • Install the VPN Client on Windows

Applies To:

  • Staff or Faculty


In order to protect university resources and information, Remote Desktop Connection Protocol (RDP) will no longer be supported as a stand-alone connection. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection allows for safe, secure, traffic access to university resources when off-campus. NOTE: You will not be able to test this connection when on campus. 

Follow these instructions to install the VPN client:

1.  Go to to the tab for your role (Employees or Faculty) and then go to the Downloads tab. Choose For ESU-Owned and scroll down and find the VPN Client. Download the version for Windows.

website interface showing the downloads button 

website interface showing the vpn for windows button.

2. Download the software.

Download software preview page

3.  Double-click the download or click Run. (this will vary depending on your browser)

Download in browser

4. Click Next. Accept the license agreement and click Next.

Cisco AnyConnect install wizard

License agreement

5. Click Install. Then click Finish .

Install screen

Finish install screen

6. Go to the Start Menu, type in Cisco, and then click on the desktop app.

Cisco AnyConnect in Windows start menu

7. When it opens, enter: OR in the box.

VPN ready to connect box

VPN box to connect

8. Enter your ESU ID and password. and click OK.

Enter username and password box

9.  Your VPN connection has been connected. When off-campus, connect to the Internet first then be sure to launch the Cisco VPN so you will have a secure connection. If prompted you may be required to sign in. Be sure to disconnect from the VPN. You will also need to authenticate with Duo to get signed in. So check your phone for the push notification. You must have the Duo app set to auto-push, if this is not set it will time out and not allow the sign in.

VPN connected