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

Refer to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) article for an overview of what VPN does and when you might want to use it.

Accessing the UWRF VPN using a university Mac

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client on your workstation. Look for its swooped globe icon () in the Dock, the bar of icons on the screen.
  2. If the hostname box is blank, enter "" and select Connect.

AnyConnect Ready to Connect dialog

  1. When prompted, choose UWRF-DEVICE from the drop down menu and enter your Falcon Account username and password.
    • Do not use PERSONAL-DEVICE or any other groups you may see.
    • If you run into certificate validation or other issues, contact DoTS
    • The client may periodically update at login. This takes a few minutes and provides limited feedback. Please wait.

AnyConnect Login Dialog

  1. Select Accept to agree to the banner message.

  1. You receive a message on the upper left of the screen stating you have successfully connected to .

  • You can check the connection status by looking at the menubar icon on the top right of the screen. The globe with the orange padlock (AnyConnect menubar globe) indicates VPN is connected.
  • The VPN disconnects when the computer sleeps. 
  • You can map the FalconShare drives, aka S: or T: drives, as you normally would. See FalconShare: Connecting from macOS.

Disconnecting the VPN Connection

  1. To disconnect the VPN connection, click on the menubar AnyConnect globe and choose Disconnect.


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