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VPN (Virtual Private Network)


CU Boulder's VPN service provides a secure connection to the campus network from any location, as long as the device has an internet connection. The VPN can be used to access campus resources (e.g. library resources, file servers) or to securely browse the Internet.

How to download, set up, and use VPN

  1. Download: Download the VPN that will work for your device from the table below.
  2. Set up: Follow OIT's setup and connect instructions for your device (see documentation column below) to connect to the VPN.
  3. Required Setup Information: The first time you connect to the Cisco VPN service, enter the following information:
    • Server Address:
    • Your CU Boulder Credentials: IdentiKey username and password
  4. Using VPN: After initial setup, all you need to do to use vpn is open the Cisco AnyConnect application and enter your IdentiKey credentials to connect.

Download and Installation Instructions for Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is OIT's VPN option. Reference the following information to get started with Cisco's AnyConnect client on your desktop or mobile phone.

Operating SystemDownloadDocumentation
Cisco AnyConnect client for WindowsWindows - Setup and Connect with AnyConnect
Cisco AnyConnect client for MacMac - Setup and Connect with AnyConnect
Cisco AnyConnect client for LinuxVPN - Setup and Usage on Linux
iOS Apple
App Store - Cisco AnyConnectiOS - Connect with AnyConnect
Play Store - Cisco AnyConnect ICS+Android - Connect with AnyConnect

*Note: All downloads require users to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) before being able to access the download files. The EULA is presented at each download log in page.

Custom VPN Service

If your department, group or service requires its own protected IP range, then you may request a custom VPN. A custom VPN will be established on the Cisco AnyConnect solution. Learn more by visiting the Custom VPN Service page.

Advanced Users

Users with advanced needs (such as server admins) can connect to a limited service that OIT provides. This service will only route your network traffic to the campus when you access campus resources such as file shares and servers. More detailed information can be found on the VPN Advanced Users and Server Administrators page.


CU Boulder's VPN is provided as a common-good service (no direct cost) to all faculty, staff and students.


Who can get it

CU Boulder Faculty, Staff and Student affiliations automatically receive a VPN entitlement. Some faculty or staff-like roles with HR appointment roles also have access; if you need access but don’t fall into one of these categories, please contact the IT Service Center.

How to get it

Refer to the table above in the Cisco AnyConnect section for links to downloads and instructions for the AnyConnect client.

Visit the VPN - Help page for information about setting up Custom VPN, Cisco IPsec or Advanced VPN needs.

For further assistance with any of the VPN services, contact the IT Service Center.


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