User menu

Menu

Main menu

Installing the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Software on Linux

To connect to the Lehigh network from off-campus, a computer must be running the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Software. The instructions below describe the process for a Debian-based distribution (Like Ubuntu, CentOS, or Debian) running the Gnome desktop manager.

Step Number: 
1
Action: 

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

Screenshot: 
LUIS - software install page
Step Number: 
2
Action: 

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

Screenshot: 
Login Button - required
Step Number: 
3
Action: 

Type 'vpn' in the search box to locate "Cisco AnyConnect VPN". Click on the title to view the details.

Screenshot: 
Search for your software
Step Number: 
4
Action: 

On the bottom of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN page, click on the green Download button.

Screenshot: 
Step Number: 
5
Action: 

Select your operating system, and click 'Agree and Download'

Screenshot: 
Step Number: 
6
Action: 

Open a terminal window, and change to your Downloads directory (or wherever your browser downloads files), and unpack the file:
$ cd Downloads
$ tar -xvf anyconnect-predeploy-linux-64-4.1.02011-k9.gz

Step Number: 
7
Action: 

Once the files are unpacked, change to the vpn directory inside the main folder:
$ cd anyconnect-4.1.02011/vpn
$ sudo ./vpn_install.sh

Accept the license agreement and any default settings by hitting 'enter' until your prompt returns.

Step Number: 
9
Action: 

Once the program is installed, it should appear in your 'Applications' menu. In the Ubuntu Unity interface, search for 'Cisco'. Running it should show the program's main window.

Screenshot: 
anyconnect main window
Step Number: 
10
Action: 

First, click on the small button with two gears to open the preferences window. Here, UN-check 'Block connections to untrusted servers' and click 'Close'

Screenshot: 
set preference to _not_ block untrusted servers
Step Number: 
11
Action: 

Enter vpn.lehigh.edu into the 'Connect To:' box, and click 'Connect'.

Step Number: 
12
Action: 

The window will change to allow you to set additional connection options, including your 'Group'. Users needing library database access or connecting from outside the United States should select 'Library Access'. All others should choose 'General Access' for better performance.

Also, enter your Lehigh username and password here, and then click 'Connect' again.

Screenshot: 
connection options
Step Number: 
13
Action: 

Upon connecting, the window will close, but the program continues to run. When you are ready to disconnect from Lehigh's network, open it back up, switch to the 'Connection' tab, and click the 'Disconnect' button.

Screenshot: 
disconnect button
Platform: 

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