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About this Article

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. Students and Employees can use this software. Only WSU laptops can run this software.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN client

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off campus. This software is already installed on all WSU laptops. A VPN connection enables you to access select network resources as if you were on campus connected to our network directly. The data is encrypted to preserve security. This includes:

  • Network storage drives (e.g., personal, class, departmental) Note: See instructions below to Map Network Drives
  • KeyServer applications (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat) These applications will require VPN to run off campus.

Watch the video!

Instructions on how to connect to VPN with your Mac at the first part of the movie and then PC instructions at the end.

Find the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software on Your WSU Laptop

NOTE: You may see this error a couple times while trying to connect.

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On a PC (Windows 8.1)

  • From the Windows Start Screen
  • Search "Cisco"
  • Select "Cisco VPN Client"

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  • Choose Connect in the menu below:


  • Use your full WSU email address when prompted to login

On a PC (Windows 7)

  • Go to your Start Menu Thumb Start Orb.png (lower-left part of your desktop).
  • Search for "Cisco" in the search bar.
  • Run Cisco AnyConnect.

On a Mac

  • Click on Spotlight in the upper right corner
  • Type in "Cisco"
  • Select "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client"

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  • Connect to Tunnel.winona.edu

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  • Use your full WSU email address when prompted to login

Fig 1. In the start menu, click this icon to go to your Network Drives.

Map Network Drives

If you want to connect to Personal Network or Department Network drives from off-campus, you will need to VPN and Map Network drives to access them.

  • First Use instructions above to VPN

Windows 7 PC or VMware Fusion

  • Windows 7 PC users need to run the shortcut from the start menu Thumb Start Orb.png click, Click_to_map_drives Start.Menu.Win7.jpg
  • Access your network drives by accessing my computer.

Windows 8.1 PC

  • Go to Start Screen and select the Tile Map Network Drive
  • A script window will appear and your drives will be mapped
  • Go to This PC to see the network drives mapped from the start menu (See Fig 1.)
Fig 2. Typical list of network connections on a MacBook


  • In Finder, hold down <CommandKey> then hit the <K> key to bring up "Connect to Server"
  • Mac users connect to one of the network locations listed in the Fig 2.

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