NC State Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Instructions
Access to NC State Campus Resources from Off Campus Using the NC State VPN Service
Off-campus faculty and staff can securely connect to the mapped drives and other resources they use on campus by setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) using Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN client software installed on their workstation. The Cisco AnyConnect client provides a method for remotely accessing the NC State University network from off campus such as your own home through a secure connection.
When the AnyConnect VPN client is launched, it requires a Unity username and password to verify the user's identity. Once the user's identity has been verified, the program creates an encrypted network connection between you and the NC State network allowing access to restricted services.
In order to install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, follow the detailed instructions below that corresponds to your operating system or device:
- [UPDATE] Windows 8 and 8.1 Instructions
- Windows machines (Windows XP, Vista, and 7, 64- and 32-bit systems)
- Apple Mac OSX machines (Version 10.5.x, 10.6.x, 10.7.x, and 10.8.x)
- Red Hat Linux (v5 and v6) and Ubuntu (Version 9.x, 10.04 LTS, 11.10, and 12.04 LTS)
- Apple iPad (and also iPhone)
- Android Devices
Chrome OS is currently NOT supported
Apple Mac OSX machines running 10.9.x Mavericks can download a client here.
Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software
After the client software has been installed via the above detailed instructions, you can locate the shortcut to the Cisco AnyConnect software on your system and open it in order to connect to the NC State VPN. Make sure you enter "vpn.ncsu.edu" in the "Connect To:" field and select "Connect".
If the automatic install process does not work per the detailed instructions above, we have provided direct download links to the AnyConnect software that you install manually.
If you have the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client installed as followed per the instructions pages, can access internet sites, but can not establish a VPN connection to NC State, please contact the NC State Help Desk.