Setting up Cisco AnyConnect VPN on a device where it has never been installed

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In order to access resources you need to use our VPN.  If you need access, contact your faculty (Students)  or the Service Desk (staff) at x2504 for help.

Purpose of using the college VPN

You will only need to use the VPN to access

  1. Access applications hosted on that requires a license server.
  2. Any resources found on the Intranet
    • Intranet -
    • SISWeb
    • PeopleSoft
    • Account Management
    • ...
  3. Your S: drive – Many users have access to an offline version of s:\my documents however if there are inconsistencies connecting to the VPN should resolve this. 
  4. Access to a Departmental Share 
  5. Accessing college servers
    1. SCIS ​​​​​​

You do not need VPN to access:

  1. Mail – you can access it from your Outlook client on a college device
  2. Webmail – you can access this by typing in a web browser
  3. LMS – Learning Management System (Faculty) -
  4. Office 365 applications (Teams, OneNote, SharePoint, Word, Excel … ) -

NOTE: Make sure you are connected to the Internet off site from the college.

Setting up VPN on a personal device where it has never been installed

  • In a WebBrowers: Goto

NOTE: this site is not available when connected at Sault College but is only accessible from an a connection external to Sault College


  • You will see a message that "Your connection is not secure"
  • Click Advanced

Firefox - Your connection is not secure

  • Click Add Exception...
  • Click Confirm Security Exception

Firefox - Confirm Security Exception

  • You will now be presented with a Login screen
    • Change GROUP to Cougars-VPN
    • USERNAME: {Use your saultcollege username)
    • PASSWORD: (Same as college password)
    • Click Login

1st Login Screen (website)

  • You should now be logged onto the CISCO webpage

To install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

  • Click the Start AnyConnect link.

NOTE: If this link is not present in the AnyConnect window, your account is not configured to use this feature. Please contact the Service Desk at 7057592554 ext 2576 for assistance.

  • IF a pop-up window directs you to a website to download Sun Microsystems Java Runtime Environment, you do not have the correct version of the Java Runtime Environment installed on your system. If you see the pop-up, download Sun Java version 1.4 or later.
  • IF a prompt to accept a security certificate appears, determine whether it is from the ASA. If so, accept it.
  • After the webpage determines what OS - operating system and CPU you have - click the provided link. 
  • Click Download for Windows

NOTE: There is and INSTRUCTIONS link below the Download with detailed instructions

  • Click on the Down Arrow in the top right hand corner of your browser
  • Click the Folder icon to access the download

  • Double click anyconnect-win-4.8.02042 ... " file to run it.

  • On the Welcome screen click Next >
  • Click I accept the terms in the License Agreement
  • Click Next
  • Click Install
  • Once done click Finish
  • Launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Cleint from the Start Menu

NEXT Steps: Follow The Related Article On How To Login To The College's VPN Using Cisco AnyConnect


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