AnyConnect Desktop Application

Overview

Tufts AnyConnect provides valid Tufts users with secure remote access to the Tufts network. From a desktop or laptop computer, AnyConnect allows full access to all Tufts network resources, such as P:, Q:, and R: drives and restricted Web pages, and provides users with an experience very similar to the one they enjoy while on campus. The pages give more information about the AnyConnect Desktop Application.

 

  1. Open a web browser and go to https://vpn.tufts.edu

  1. Log In using your Tufts ID (ex. ljumbo01) and Tufts Password

Locate button to install AnyConnect

  1. In the navigation pane on the left, click the option Install AnyConnect

  1. On the far right, locate the heading Installation packages. 

  1. Depending on your operating system, in the main window, click the link for either the Microsoft Windows or the Mac OSX installation package. 

  1. Save the AnyConnect Executable File to your downloads folder. 

  1. Open your Downloads folder. 

  1. Locate the AnyConnect executable file.  

    • PC: The file will have a long name that begins with anyconnect-win-.  (Note: The file name ends with .exe and the file type is Application.) 

    • Mac: The file will have a long name that begins with anyconnect-macosx-.  (Note: The file name ends with .dmg and the file type is Disk Image.) 

Image of Setup wizard for AnyConnect

  1. Double click the AnyConnect executable file to begin the Setup Wizard. 

  1. Follow the Setup Wizard to complete the installation. 

During this process you will be asked to enter your administrator credentials.  If you do not have administrator rights to your computer contact the Tufts Technology Service Desk at (617) 627-3376. 

Once you have successfully installed AnyConnect onto your computer, you do not need to return to the VPN Web Interface.

  1. Locate the AnyConnect Application. 

    • On a PC go to Start > Programs; locate and open the Cisco folder. 

    • On a Mac go to the Applications folder and select the Cisco folder. 

  1. Double click on the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client application. 

Window to Connect to Tufts VPN using AnyConnect

  1. In the VPN field enter vpn.tufts.edu

  1. Click Connect

  1. Enter your Tufts Username (ex. ljumbo01) and Tufts Password

  1. Click OK

Once the connection is complete the AnyConnect icon will appear on your status bar on a PC or the menu bar on a MAC indicating you now have a secure link to the Tufts network with full access to all Tufts network resources, such as P:, Q:, and R: drives and restricted Web pages. 

PC Status bar: 

PC Status Bar when AnyConnect is connected

Mac Menu Bar: 

Mac Menu Bar when AnyConnect is connected

Remember to disconnect at the end of every session to ensure that you do not have a secure link open for another user to access. 

One of the benefits of connecting to the VPN portal a secure remote access connection to the Tufts network with full access to all Tufts network resources, such as P:, Q:, and R: drives.  Click this link to locate instructions on how to map to and access network drives on both a PC and a Mac.

A Note on Working Directly off of a Network Drive

It is possible, while using the AnyConnect application, to work on documents directly through a network drive, but it is not advised. Connection issues may corrupt open network documents. Additionally, if the document is on a shared drive, working directly on the network copy keeps others from being able to view or copy the file. To avoid any issues, best practice is to work off of a local copy (a file copied from a network drive to your local computer). While using the AnyConnect application, locate your document and save it to your local computer. Once you have completed your work, you can copy it back to the network drive.

  1. Click on the AnyConnect icon on your status bar (PC) or menu bar (Mac).
  1. Select Disconnect.

PC Status bar:

Window to Disconnect to Tufts VPN using AnyConnect on PC

Mac Menu bar:

Window to Disconnect to Tufts VPN using AnyConnect on Mac