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Install and Connect to VPN (Windows 8)

These instructions explain how to obtain and install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client for Windows 8, which is used to create secure network connections to the Lehigh campus network from off campus. A VPN connection makes your PC appear to be on campus, even though it actually isn't.

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Action: 

Using your web browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer), go to the Lehigh University Install Software page at software.lehigh.edu.

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Software page
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2
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Click the large blue Log In button and enter your normal Lehigh username and password when prompted for credentials.

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Log In Button
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3
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Scroll down the list of software titles (or use the Search function) to locate "Cisco AnyConnect VPN". Click the title.

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VPN software title listing
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4
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On the bottom of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN page, click on the green Download button.

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Download button
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5
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Select the Windows 8 operating system option then click the “Agree and Download" button.

  • Please note that the download process is different based on which browser you use. The AnyConnect installer file will download to your “Downloads” folder if using Mozilla Firefox. In Google Chrome, it may appear on the bottom left corner of your browser
    window (see below).  When downloading using Internet Explorer, an option may appear to run  the installer.
  • Screenshot: 
    Agreement
    Step Number: 
    6
    Action: 

    Double click on the install icon (Google Chrome), or select “run” after downloading the installer (Internet Explorer), or navigate to the downloads folder and double click the installer (Mozilla Firefox)  to begin.

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    Installer icon
    Step Number: 
    7
    Action: 

    Once you have run the installer file, the installation process will begin.  The installation wizard will appear.  Click on the “Next” button on the first screen.

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    Install Wizard screen 1
    Step Number: 
    8
    Action: 

    Accept the terms in the License Agreement and click the “Next” button.

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    Install Wizard screen 2
    Step Number: 
    9
    Action: 

    Click on the “Install” button to begin the installation.

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    Install Wizard screen 3
    Step Number: 
    10
    Action: 

    One the installation is complete, click on the “Finish” button.  The Cisco AnyConnect client is now installed.

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    Install Wizard screen 4
    Step Number: 
    11
    Action: 

    To access the Cisco client in Windows 8, you can find the menu option as a tile or under your Apps list as “Cisco Anyconnect Secure Mobility Client”. When the dialog box appears, type vpn.lehigh.edu and click “Connect”.

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    Step Number: 
    12
    Action: 

    The subsequent window will allow you to log in.  First you must select the appropriate group. Click on the down arrow next to the “General Access” option.

    If you are living outside the United States, traveling, and/or if you intend to use library databases, LTS recommends the “Library Resources” option. For all other access to the Lehigh network, use the “General Access” option.

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    Select appropriate group
    Step Number: 
    13
    Action: 

    Next, you will type in your normal Lehigh username and password and click “OK.”  The client will now connect you to the Lehigh Network.

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    Enter credentials
    Step Number: 
    14
    Action: 

    If the connection is successful, a message may appear above your system tray indicating that you are now connected to Lehigh.

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    Connected message
    Step Number: 
    15
    Action: 

    When you are done using the VPN, be sure to disconnect. To disconnect, locate the Cisco icon in your system tray and single left-click it.

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    System tray
    Step Number: 
    16
    Action: 

    On the Cisco connection window that appears, click the "Disconnect" button. You are now disconnected from the VPN.

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    For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu