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Install Cisco VPN (Mac)

The NMSU Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network) application establishes a secure connection to our network off-campus. It allows Mac users to perform functions that normally would only be possible while on our network such as file transfer to our web servers (FTP), as well as sending mail without authenticating on our outgoing (SMTP) mail server.

For an encrypted Internet connection or to access the NMSU local area network off-campus, NMSU offers a Virtual Private Network Client for students, staff, and faculty to download. The VPN allows users to perform network activities such as mapping a network drive, using FT for web publishing and sending email(s) without turning on authentication in email programs such as Outlook, Thunderbird, or Apple Mail.


Mac users can download and Install VPN Client by following the steps below:

Step 1:
Click on the link http://vpn.nmsu.edu/  to direct you to the NMSU VPN Client Installer page. 

Step 2:
On the Client Installer page, you will be required to provide your NMSU credentials. After providing your NMSU username (i.e. ahmed13) and password, click on login.
 passphrase provide your nmsu credentials

Step 3:
You will then be redirected to the AnyConnect Secure Mobile Client page. On the Secure Mobile Client page click on Download for macOS (for mac users).

passphrase click on icon to download installer

Step 4: 
After downloading is complete, navigate to your Downloads folder to locate the VPN installation tool.  Double click on file (installer) to complete installation prompts.
Note: (Mac users) you may have to double click on the download file the open folder. After opening folder, double click on the installer icon within that folder to start installation prompt.

passphrase locate installer in download folder

passphrase double click on icon
In the dialogue display box, click Continue to complete prompts on:
  • License
Read "License Agreement" for AnyConnect and click Continue. After clicking continue, select Agree to proceed to the next field.

passphrase click on license

passphrase complete license and click continue
  • Destination Select
Under "Destination Select" you will be presented with options to choose from, thus, a specific location to complete your installation.
I.e. for this document "Mac HD" was selected as destination for installation.
After selecting Destination, click on Continue to proceed to the next field.

passphrase destination select
  • Installation Type
Under this section, you will be provided with information on the size of the file you plan to install.
Click on Install to complete standard installation of software.

passphrase click on install
  • Installation
Provide your password information and proceed by clicking on Install Software.
Note: The password and username should be consistent with your computer login credentials (please don't provide your NMSU password and login here). 

Note: Also in some cases the extension may be blocked after clicking on install, if this occur, a dialogue box will be displayed with the notice "Attention Required".
Navigate to the bottom right corner  of the dialogue box and click on Open Preferences to update Security and Privacy Settings, then click on Allow.

passphrase click on install
  • Summary
If your Installation is complete, you will be informed with the notice "The installation was successful".
Then click on Close to exit the dialogue box.

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Step 5:
Navigate to the Search tool on your computer home-screen and type "Cisco". After search is complete, select Cisco from the options provided. In the Cisco folder, double click "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client".

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passphrase cisco connect icon

Step 6:
A dialogue box will be displayed, type "vpn.nmsu.edu" in the field provided and click Connect

Passphrase search for cisco

Step 7:
After, you will be required to provide your NMSU credentials. Complete this field by providing your NMSU login ID and Passphrase, then click on OK

 passphrase provide password

Step 8:
If connected, you will be notified with the display image below.

passphrase if connected you will be notified




Keywords:install vpn, install cisco vpn, mac vpn,   Doc ID:98944
Owner:Ahmed D.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2020-03-16 16:03 MDTUpdated:2020-03-17 14:53 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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