Connecting to a VPN (Windows)



This article discusses how to connect to the U-M network when you are off campus. This can be especially helpful for when you are trying to connect to an S: Drive server (or any other drives/server spaces).

If you often work at home or anywhere else off-­campus, you may find you need access to certain files or applications but can’t get to them due to the fact that you are not on the U-M network.

The VPN client essentially assigns your machine a network address as if it was located on­-campus. This allows many of the previously mentioned shortcuts and applications to function correctly. Additionally, as of October, 2011, any Remote Desktop Connections initiated from off­-campus will first require a VPN connection for security purposes.


Windows 10
Windows 11


Installing the VPN

  1. Go to Getting Started With VPN.
  2. Select "Windows" for the operating system.
  3. Click on the appropriate VPN client. Either, "Staff, Faculty, Students or Sponsored Affiliates" or "Alumni or Retirees."
  4. Save the VPN installer to your desktop.
  5. Run the installer.
  6. The install window for "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Setup" will appear.
  7. Click "Next."
  8. Click "I accept the terms in the License Agreement."
  9. Click "Next."
  10. Click "Install." This might prompt you for Admin Credentials. If you have them, enter them now. Otherwise, contact the LSA TS Service Desk at 734.615.0100 or for assistance.
  11. Click "Finish." Cisco AnyConnect is now installed!

Connecting with the VPN

  1. Click the Start Menu.
  2. Find the "Cisco" folder.
  3. Click "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client."
  4. In the new window for the program, make sure "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic" is selected and click "Connect."
  5. It will prompt you for your uniqname and Kerberos password. Enter them and click "OK."
  6. Cisco AnyConnect will try to establish a connection. There might be a pop-up window saying that it has connected. You can verify that you are connected to the VPN by going to the upward arrow on on your taskbar near the system tray.
  7. Click the White Circle with the Lock, "Cisco AnyConnect."
  8. In the new window, there will be a GREEN CHECKMARK over the lock and it will say, "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic."
  9. When you are done using the VPN, click "Disconnect" to end the session. The green checkmark will change to GREY WITH THREE PERIODS.

Instructional Video:

 Note: Please follow step 4 above when watching the instructional video and connect to the "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic" profile and not the "All Traffic" profile as demonstrated.




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