VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Last Updated: 03/31/2014

Overview

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.

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is OIT's recommended VPN option for any user who does not require a custom VPN address. Reference the following information to get started with Cisco's AnyConnect client on your desktop or mobile phone.
Operating System Download Documentation
Windows Windows Cisco AnyConnect client for Windows Windows - Setup and Connect with AnyConnect
MAC Macintosh Cisco AnyConnect client for Mac Macintosh - Setup and Connect with AnyConnect
Linux Linux Cisco AnyConnect client for Linux
(32-bit  |  64-bit)
  • Server Address: vpn.colorado.edu (or vpn.colorado.edu/limited for advanced users/server admins)
  • CU-Boulder Credentials: CU-Login Name and IdentiKey password
iOS Apple iOS App Store - Cisco AnyConnect iOS - Connect with AnyConnect
Android Android 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 OIT's Network Connect VPN 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.

Cost

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 Network Connect for specific VPN needs.

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

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