Virtual Private Network (VPN): How to Connect on Windows

Refer to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) article for an overview.

Accessing the UWRF VPN service using a university-owned device

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect client on your PC workstation.

  1. If the hostname box is blank, enter "". Select Connect.

  1. When prompted, choose UWRF-DEVICE from the drop down menu and enter your Falcon Account username and password.

  1. Select Accept to agree to the authorized use message.

  1. You receive a message in the lower left-hand corner of your desktop stating you have successfully connected to CONNECT.UWRF.EDU. Your secured VPN connection is identified by the Cisco AnyConnect lock icon as viewed in the icons section of your Windows toolbar.

If you wish to map your drives (e.g., access your S:, or T: or network drives), you will need to activate a feature that allows for your computer to use those services when you log in remotely. This feature is called the "start before logon" function. Due to the security risks associated with this feature, this feature is available only to university-owned devices.

When Windows starts, select the option to Switch User. You will notice the Network Sign-In icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Click on this icon.

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client will launch. Follow the login procedure identified above to log into the system. Connect to the UWRF-DEVICE group when prompted to login to VPN. (PERSONAL-DEVICE does not have access to UWRF network shares.) Once you have done so, you will be able to log into Windows and your network drives will be mapped as if you were on campus.

Once you have connected to VPN at the login screen, you will still need to log in with your Falcon Account ID and password as you normally would.

Disconnecting the VPN Connection

  1. To disconnect the VPN connection, select the "show hidden icons" icon (arrow) in the Windows toolbar. You see something similar to the following:

  1. The Cisco AnyConnect icon is displayed with a lock () which indicates the VPN is connected.
  2. Right click on the AnyConnect icon and select VPN Disconnect. Your VPN session is terminated.

Reestablishing the VPN Connection

  1. To reestablish the VPN tunnel, from the Windows Desktop, click on the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and navigate to All Programs > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  2. When the AnyConnect client software initiates, you are presented with the following screen:

  1. Select the Connect button. Enter your Falcon Account username and password.

  1. Once your Falcon Account credentials have been entered, select the OK button. Your VPN connection to the UWRF campus network is reestablished. You are presented with the UWRF Cisco AnyConnect login banner. Select Accept to accept the terms of use.