Secure SSL VPN - Windows Usage Guide

First-time Users Guide for the Secure SSL VPN

Please follow the steps below to verify your system requirements, then proceed to the connecting and logging into the Secure SSL VPN, and finally make sure you disconnect from the Secure SSL VPN when you are not using the Secure resources.

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

I.  Validate your System Requirements

  1. Windows Update
    • Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 are supported.
      • Windows RT is currently not supported.
    • Launch Windows Update using one of the methods below:
      • Windows XP, Vista, and 7: Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Update.
      • Windows 8: Go to Settings > Windows Update.
    • Check for updates and install all listed critical updates.
    • Restart your computer.
  2. Anti-Virus software - must have one of these installed
  3. Anti-Virus definitions:
    • Must be updated to within seven days of the current date.
    • Launch your anti-virus software and do an Update check to make sure you have the latest version.
    • If you are not sure how to update your anti-virus software, you can contact the Computing Help Desk for assistance.

Connecting to the Secure SSL VPN

The Secure SSL VPN website and directions below will NOT work when you are on-campus.  You must be either off-campus, or stop by the Computing Help Desk to setup the Secure SSL VPN.

Install the AnyConnect Client

  1. Download the AnyConnect Client.
    • You must be logged into your Wellesley Google Apps account to download this.
  2. Launch the anyconnect.msi installer.
  3. Proceed through the installer
    • Click Next
    • Select I Agree and click Next
    • Click Install
  4. When the install has completed, click Finish.

Using the AnyConnect Client

  1. Launch the AnyConnect Client using one of the methods below:
    • Search for AnyConnect and click on the Client that appears in the search.
    • Go to Start > All Programs > Cisco and launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  2. In the VPN: field, type  and click Connect.
  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 notification area:
  5. A browser window for may appear after you login to the client and ask you to login again.  You can close this window without logging in again.
  6. You can now use the secure resources behind the Secure SSL VPN, such as Banner ERP, Nolij, and Vault. 
  7. When you are done using the secure resources, please disconnect from the Secure SSL VPN.


Disconnecting from the Secure SSL VPN

It is good practice to disconnect from the Secure SSL VPN when you have finished using the secure resources, or before putting your computer to sleep.  This will speed up your internet connection for other non-secure activity, and keep the secure resources secure.

To disconnect from the Secure SSL VPN, quit any applications using the secure resources, and then quit the Cisco AnyConnect Client.  To quit the client, in the Windows notification area (bottom right, near the clock), right-click on the Cisco AnyConnect Client globe icon and select Quit.  The client will first disconnect your computer from the Secure SSL VPN and then quit the application.  You may notice a brief interruption in your internet connection.