Virtual Private Network (VPN): How to Connect

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

How do I access the UWRF VPN service?

University-owned Devices

Step 1 – Launch the Cisco AnyConnect client on your workstation.
Step 2 – If the hostname box is blank, enter connect.uwrf.edu. Click Connect.

The login screen should already say connect.uwrf.edu in it, press the CONNECT button to start your VPN session.

Step 3 – When prompted, choose UWRF-DEVICE from the drop down menu and then enter your Falcon Account username and password.

Step 4 – Click Accept to agree to the authorized use message.
Step 5 - 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 (i.e., 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 login remotely. This feature is called the "start before logon" function. Due to the security risks associated with this feature, this feature is only available to university-owned devices.

When Windows starts, select the option to Switch User. You will notice the blue 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. 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.

Personally-owned Devices

Go to the Cisco Systems website to download and install an AnyConnect Mobility VPN client on your device. This software will open a secure channel between your remote device and your on-campus workstation so you can Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to your machine. The RDP feature is a service you will need to request and set up in advance. Please contact Technology Services for assistance.

Step 1 – Open a web browser and navigate to connect.uwrf.edu to install the client.
Step 2 – Launch the Cisco AnyConnect client on your device.
Step 3 – Enter connect.uwrf.edu into the hostname box if the box is blank. Click Connect.
Step 4 – When prompted, choose PERSONAL-DEVICE from the drop down menu and then enter your Falcon Account username and password.
Step 5 – Click Accept to agree to the authorized use message.
Step 6 – Launch your Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client and connect to your campus workstation.

Disconnecting from the VPN

Disconnecting from the VPN service is the same for both university-owned and personally-owned devices.

When you have finished using the VPN service, right-click on the Cisco AnyConnect icon and select VPN Disconnect from the menu options. Your VPN connection is now terminated.