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VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Instructions for Macintosh computers

VPN service is available to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. The client software runs on your off-campus computer. VPN allows you to access all our licensed resources as if you were using a campus computer. Some programs require VPN for off-campus use: ARTstor (Macintosh only), JSTOR (Mac OS X), Luna Insight, the java client in UC Image Service, and the Connect function in EndNote. VPN will work with all web browsers and most types of Internet connection, except AOL.

Summary instructions

  1. If you use the current UCB VPN client software, uninstall it (optional but recommended).
  2. Go to the campus Cisco VPN website.
  3. Download the current AnyConnect VPN client for your Mac OS.
  4. Install it on your computer (refer to this page for details).
  5. Run VPN before using article databases, electronic journals, etc.
    Always choose the "Library VPN" option.
  6. Disconnect VPN when your session is finished.

Detailed instructions

These instructions have been tested on Macintosh OS 10.6.3 and 10.5.7
and may also work with other versions (OS 10.4 or later).

NOTE: There may be special issues if your computer is behind a firewall. For more information see this UC Berkeley IST Knowledge Base article.

Uninstalling your current VPN software

This step is optional but recommended for those who are using the current UCB Cisco VPN client software.

  1. Open your Applications folder.
  2. Scroll down and locate VPNClient.app.
  3. Drag it to the Trash.
  4. If prompted, enter your Mac password.

Downloading the AnyConnect software

  1. Have your CalNet ID and passphrase ready.
  2. This software is best downloaded using Safari, Netscape/Mozilla, or Firefox, rather than Internet Explorer, because of the way these browsers handle "disk image" (.dmg) files.
  3. To download the software now, go to the campus Cisco VPN website.
  4. Click on the highest numbered version to see the download page.
  5. Find the software version that supports your version of Mac OS.
  6. Click on the appropriate link in the Name column.
  7. If prompted, log in with your CalNet ID and passphrase.
  8. The download process may start the installer program automatically (see below).
    If not, it will place an icon on your desktop (version number will differ from what is shown here):

    Screen image of first installer icon

  9. Double-click this icon to run the VPN installer program.

Installing the software

  1. The installer places an icon on your desktop (version number will differ). Double-click it.

    Screen image of second installer icon


  2. This action creates a window containing the vpn.pkg icon:

    Screen image of third installer icon

  3. Double-click the icon and follow instructions on the screen.
    The installation process is similar to that for other OSX applications.

  4. When the installation is complete, you may drag the anyconnect-macosx-...dmg file and the vpn-... disk drive icon to the trash.

Using VPN

NOTE: You will need to run VPN each time you want to use article databases, electronic journals, or other licensed library resources on your off-campus computer.

  1. Click the "magifying glass" icon in the top right corner of your screen.

  2. In the Spotlight search box, enter: vpn
    Your results will look something like this:

    Screen image of locator window

  3. Click on Cisco AnyConnect VPN client
    You will see this window:

    Screen image of VPN connection window


  4. In the Connect to box, enter: ucbvpn.berkeley.edu
    Then click on Select.
    After a moment, the window will change.

    Screen image of VPN profile selection window

  5. Pull down the Group menu and select 3-Library_VPN
  6. In the Username box, enter your CalNet ID.
  7. In the Password box, enter your passphrase.

  8. NOTE: In the future when you run the VPN client, steps 4-6 will be done automatically.

  9. Click on Connect.
    After a moment, this icon will appear in your Dock:

    Screen image of VPN dock icon

    You are now connected through VPN and can access any licensed library resources.

    NOTE: For more convenient operation in the future, right-click on the icon and select Keep in dock. You can then click on it whenever you want to log in.

    NOTE: If your printer is connected via a wireless or other Local Area Network, and you wish to print while using VPN, pull down the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client menu at the top of your screen and select Preferences. Check the box for Enable local LAN access (if configured), then click Save.

Disconnecting VPN

NOTE: While the VPN software is running on your computer, all your Internet traffic is routed through the UC Berkeley campus network. To reduce the load on the network, disconnect VPN when your session is finished. This will not break your Internet connection.

  1. Look for this window on your desktop.
    If you don't see it, click the VPN icon in your Dock.

    Screen image of VPN disconnect window

  2. Click on Disconnect.
    VPN is now disconnected and you can resume normal Internet use.

    NOTE:If your connection is idle for 30 minutes, VPN will "time out" automatically.

Getting help: VPN software download and configuration problems

Getting help: Electronic resource access and availability questions

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