Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Service

Access to NC State Computing Resources from Off Campus

When off-campus, NC State students, 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 off-campus machines. This software 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 your identity. Once you have been verified, the program creates an encrypted network connection between you and the NC State network, allowing access to restricted services.

All users of the NC State VPN service are subject to NC State’s Computer Use Policy and VPN Acceptable Use Policy.

Installation Instructions

In order to install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, follow the set of detailed instructions below that corresponds to your operating system or device:

Chrome OS is currently NOT supported

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software

After the Cisco AnyConnect software has been installed via the above detailed instructions, you can locate the shortcut to it on your system and open it in order to connect to the NC State VPN.  In the Connect To: field, make sure you enter and select Connect.

Manual Installation

If the above automated installation instructions do not work for your device, you can install the AnyConnect software manually.  See:


If you have the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client installed as per the instructions provided and can access Internet sites but cannot establish a VPN connection to NC State, please contact the NC State Help Desk.