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The Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client gives remote users a secure and encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection to the UIS campus network. It runs on Microsoft Windows (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Mobile and MAC OS X operating systems. Users who access their email remotely (other than by Outlook Web Access – or who access their campus computers remotely will want to install and use the AnyConnect VPN client.

See below for instructions using the VPN client with Linux.

Obtaining the AnyConnect Installer

To install the AnyConnect Client on your computer go to, once on the page login with your NetID and Password.

Once you have logged in the page will load a client installation box that will either detect what client needs installed and install it for you or will prompt for manual download of the client. If you have to manually install the client you will click on the download link then launch the installer and follow the onscreen prompts.

Once the client has completed installation open the client and verify that the address it is connecting to is then click Connect. You will then login with your NetID and Password and let it complete the connection process.

When you are finally connected you will have access to services that require an on-campus connection.SecureConnect conncection


Please Contact the ITS Client Service Help Desk at (217) 206-6000 or email them at if you are experiencing problems with the VPN.


Installing the VPN Client on a Linux Computer

On Redhat/Centos/Fedora based Systems:

  1. sudo yum install openvpn openconnect
  2. sudo openconnect -s /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script
  3. Username: UIS_NETID
  4. Password: UIS_PASSWORD

On Debian based Linux Systems (Ubuntu):

  1. sudo apt-get install openvpn openconnect
  2. sudo openconnect -s /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script
  3. Username: UIS_NETID
  4. Password: UIS_PASSWORD

Troubleshooting Linux Issues:

  • Please note that once you are connected, the client doesn’t go into the background.  You should open another terminal to work in.
  • While any DTLS errors are harmless, they can be avoided by passing the ‘–no-dtls’ argument to openconnect.
  • Once you have connected to the UIS VPN, you may need to stop your iptables firewall if you have trouble connecting to internal UIS sites.
    • For example: service iptables stop