Setting up Cisco AnyConnect under Linux

VPN 10-040

What you need to know

The Cisco AnyConnect software allows you to access only internally released services of the university from outside. After connecting, you are a participant in a virtual private network (VPN) and will receive an IP address from the address range of Furtwangen University.

To carry out the installation you need a working internet connection and a browser (Mozilla Firefox or similar).

What you have to do

  1. Login: Open your browser and call up the following address:
    Log in with the data of your HFU account (see figure 1.1).

  2. Now click on AnyConnect (see Figure 2.1) and then on Start AnyConnect (see Figure 2.2).

    • The "Download & Install" area will open.

  3. Download: Click on the blue "Download for Linux" area (see Figure 3.1) and follow the "Instructions" on the download page to download the VPN client.

    • The installation package is downloaded (see Figure 3.2).

  4. Check the rights for the installation script and mark the item under "Run" "Run file as program".

  5. Run the script.

    • Important note for some Linux distributions: If the directory '/etc/rc.d' does not exist, it must be created manually, otherwise the installer '' will terminate during a manual installation.

  6. After installation, you will find the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client in your applications.

  7. After the first start please enter the server address for the connection.

  8. Enter the data of your HFU account under "Username:" and "Password:" and click on "Connect".

  9. The connection is established and you can now use internal services of the university.

Problems or questions?

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