Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Connecting to PSU’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) protects personal data that is sent over the Internet when you are off campus. The VPN is useful if you need to use certain PSU systems from home that require you to be on the campus network (such as Banweb), or if you are accessing sensitive University information. Faculty and staff can also use VPN to create a remote desktop connection and access work computers at home.

To connect to the VPN, you must enroll in Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). More information on Duo 2FA can be found at Duo Two-Factor Authentication and Connecting to VPN with Duo Two-Factor Authentication.

Note: if you are using a PSU computer, AnyConnect can be easily installed using Self-Service Software

Installing and Using Cisco AnyConnect on Windows

Prerequisite: Your computer must be running Windows 7, 8, or 10 in order to install AnyConnect.

  1. To download the Cisco AnyConnect installer, navigate to https://myfiles.pdx.edu/resources/Software/Cisco-AnyConnect and click on the Cisco AnyConnect file that ends in .exe.
  2. Once the download completes, follow the onscreen prompts to install the software.
  3. Run the AnyConnect application.
  4. In the address box, type “vpn.pdx.edu” then click Connect.
    Note: If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to have all of your network traffic pass through the VPN (versus just traffic destined for PSU’s network), then you can type "vpn.pdx.edu/full". This is recommended when connecting from public networks, such as coffee shops or airports.
  5. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select 3-Student Duo-Default.
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select 1-Employee Duo-Default.
  6. Type your Odin username and password.
  7. To disconnect, open the AnyConnect icon in the System Tray, then click Disconnect.

Installing and Using Cisco AnyConnect on macOS

Prerequisite: Your computer must be running macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or a newer version in order to install AnyConnect.

  1. To download the Cisco AnyConnect installer, navigate to https://myfiles.pdx.edu/resources/Software/Cisco-AnyConnect and click on the Cisco AnyConnect file that ends in .dmg.
  2. Once the download completes, follow the onscreen prompts to install the software.
  3. Note: If you receive an "unsigned publisher" error when attempting to install, do the following:
    1. Hold down the Control key while clicking the downloaded .dmg file, then click Open.
    2. Accept the prompt to continue the install.
  4. Once AnyConnect has installed, open Applications in Finder, then open the Cisco folder and launch Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  5. In the VPN area, type “vpn.pdx.edu” then click Connect.
    Note: If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to have all of your network traffic pass through the VPN (versus just traffic destined for PSU’s network), then you can type "vpn.pdx.edu/full". This is recommended when connecting from public networks, such as coffee shops or airports.
  6. A dialogue box will appear. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select 3-Student Duo-Default.
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select 1-Employee Duo-Default.
  7. Type your Odin username and password.
  8. Click OK.
  9. To disconnect, click Disconnect from the VPN area.

Installing and Using Cisco AnyConnect on iOS

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Select the Search tab.
  3. Type “cisco anyconnect”.
  4. Install the free app “Cisco AnyConnect” by Cisco Systems, Inc.
  5. Open the AnyConnect app.
  6. Click OK when prompted to enable Cisco.
  7. Select Add VPN Connection...
  8. Configure the Add VPN Connection screen as follows:
    • Description: PSU
    • Server Address: vpn.pdx.edu
  9. Select the Advanced menu and configure the screen as follows:
    • Network Roaming: ON
    • Certificates: Automatic
    • Connect on Demand: OFF
    • Connect with IPsec: OFF
  10. Navigate back to the Add VPN Connection screen and click Save.
  11. Slide the AnyConnect VPN switch to ON.
  12. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select 3-Student Duo-Default.
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select 1-Employee Duo-Default.
  13. Type your Odin username and password.
  14. Click Connect.
  15. To disconnect:
    • Inside the app: From the app’s home screen, slide the AnyConnect VPN switch to OFF, or
    • Outside the app: Go to Settings and slide the VPN switch to OFF.

Further Resources

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