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Northwestern VPN in Linux 
Audience: Faculty;Staff

Operating System: Linux
Article Number: 213 .5.0

Updated: 5/21/2013 1:14 PM
Configure and use the Cisco AnyConnect client in Linux (Ubuntu). VPN is required to connect to Kellogg network storage, printers, and other resources from off campus.

Installing and Configuring the VPN Application

To install and configure the VPN application:

1.If you have not installed Cisco AnyConnect before, open a web browser and go to

2.Type your NetID into the NetID field and NetID Password into the Password field

3.Click Continue

4.Java may need permission to run. Click Run or Yes

5.Northwestern AnyConnect Web Portal will recognize the Linux OS and display a manual download page. This will display as a link similar to Linux x386


6.Download the file

7.Navigate to the Download folder, and make file executable. (chmod u+x

8.From terminal, run sudo ./ from the Download folder 

      •Shell installs binaries in the default directory of /opt/cisco/vpn/

9.To run the AnyConnect client go to /opt/cisco/vpn/bin

10.Run the vpnui file (./vpnui)

11.Configure the Network configuration settings with the following information if needed:

      •Server Address:
      •Account Name: NetID


Connecting to Northwestern VPN

To connect to the Northwestern VPN:

  1. You can run the Cisco AnyConnect application from /opt/cisco/vpn/bin

      •Alterntivaly if you're using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS you can simply search for the software within the Dash Home

    2. Enter both your NetID and NetID password to connect.