Downloads and Guides: Advanced Instructions for AnyConnect on Windows
The Command Line Interface (CLI) is a mechanism for interacting with a computer operating system or software by typing commands to perform specific tasks, and is a valid way to use AnyConnect. The CLI has a command parser that will aid you in connecting, disconnecting, and gathering statistics. For most, the Graphic User Interface (GUI) is preferred, and a simpler means of connecting, using the GUI to connect is outlined in Downloads and Guides: Connect to AnyConnect VPN for Windows 10.
File System Paths
The default path, or unique location, of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN for Windows file system is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\
Command Line Access
- Press the Windows Key or the Start button, and type Command Prompt in the search bar.
- Double-click or press Enter to launch Command Prompt.
- Type, cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, and press Enter to change the directory.
- Type,vpncli.exe connect tc-vpn-1.vpn.umn.edu, and press Enter to launch the application.
- You will see a numbered list of pools, type the number that corresponds with the appropriate pool and press Enter.
- In most cases, AnyConnect-UofMSplit,would be the appropriate group.
- The default Internet ID is in square braces [ ], if that is correct, press Enter. Otherwise type the correct Internet ID, and press Enter.
- Type in your password when prompted, press Enter. Then complete the default Duo Push or Phone Call.
- If you wish to use a Duo authentication method other than the default, explore your options and usage in Using Duo Append Mode with Cisco AnyConnect.
- When connected, you should see the line, >> state: Connected.
- If you did not connect you should see the line, >>Login Failed, and will be presented with the pool selection prompt again.
- To disconnect type, vpncli.exe disconnect, and press Enter.
Exporting information from the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and Diagnostic and Reporting Tools can help locate and isolate a connection problem.
- Launch Cisco AnyConnect Diagnostics and Reporting.
- Click Next, select Default log bundle, and click Next.
- A Dart Bundle (.zip) will be created on the desktop.
- For troubleshooting purposes, you will likely be asked to attach this file as an email response to the ticket.
- Launch Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, then click on the Advanced Window cog icon.
- The Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client window will open to the Statistics tab.
- Several sub-menus with individual panes will be displayed. Click on each to see that specific information.
- Click the Export Stats button, and choose the file destination to export statistics.
For additional assistance troubleshooting or connecting, please contact Technology Help.