First-time Users Guide for the SSL VPN

Please follow the steps below to verify your system requirements, then proceed to the connecting and logging into the SSL VPN.

  1. Validate your System Requirements
  2. Connect and Login to the SSL VPN
  3. Disconnect from the SSL VPN

I.  Validate your System Requirements

  1. Make sure you have a supported version of Mac OS X.
    • In the menubar, click on the Apple logo and select About this Mac.
    • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) through 10.11 (El Capitan) is supported.
    • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and older are not supported.
  2. Check for Mac OS X Software Updates
    • In the menubar, click on the Apple logo and select Software Update.
    • Install any updates listed for either the Operation System , Security Updates, or Java.  Restart if required.

Connecting to the SSL VPN

You will NOT be able to connect to the SSL VPN while you are on campus, but you can install the AnyConnect client.

Install the AnyConnect Client

  1. Download the AnyConnect Client.
    • You must be logged into your Wellesley Google Apps account to download this.
  2. Open the anyconnect.dmg file to mount the disk image.
  3. Inside the disk image, double-click on AnyConnect to start the install.
  4. Proceed through the installer
    • Click Continue,
    • Click Continue,
    • Click Agree,
    • Click Continue,
    • Click Install.
    • Login with the account used to login to your computer.
  5. When the install finishes, click Close.
  6. You can now close, unmount, and delete the installer.

Using the AnyConnect Client

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect Client using one of the methods below:
    • Search for AnyConnect and launch the application
    • Go to your Applications folder, Cisco folder, and launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  2. In the VPN: field, type and click Connect.
    • You cn ignore the Web Security section, as we do not use that feature for the VPN.
  3. Enter your Domain Account in the popup window and click OK.
  4. You are now connected to the Secure SSL VPN. A globe with a lock will appear in the menubar, and the AnyConnect icon in the dock will now have a lock next to it:
    • Menubar icon:
    • Dock Icon:

Using the SSL VPN for access to Wellesley resources

After you have installed the AnyConnect Client, to access the SSL VPN again, simply launch the AnyConnect Client, make sure the VPN field is, and login with your Domain Account when prompted.  After logging in, the AnyConnect software will do an upgrade if necessary, then log you in to the SSL VPN.

While your computer will now appear to be an on-campus computer, there are some slight differences in how you access on-campus resources (such as NTM), and you may need to update the configuration of some licensed software (such as SPSS).   Click here for information on using Wellesley resources through the SSL VPN .  

All internet activity on your computer is now going through Wellesley's network.

Disconnecting from the Wellesley Network

To disconnect from the Wellesley network and close the AnyConnect client, click on the AnyConnect icon in the menubar and choose Quit.  All internet connections will be interrupted when you disconnect, so be sure to quit them before quitting AnyConnect.