Downloads and Guides: Connect to AnyConnect VPN for Mac OS X

Follow these instructions to connect to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Secure Mobility Client on your Mac.

Certain Departmental Pools, Full Tunnel VPN, and Split Tunnel VPN Pools require Multi-factor authentication (MFA) through Duo Security to connect. Using Duo and VPN is outlined in Using Duo Append Mode with Cisco AnyConnect. For assistance in connecting, including Login Failed messages, contact Technology Help for assistance.


  1. Start the application: Open the Applications > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client icon.

    Applications window with Cisco folder selected
    Cisco folder in the Applications window. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is selected. There are also options for Unistall and Cisco AnyConnect DART.

  2. You should have an embedded profile that has a Connect to box that lists three options:

    AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window. Dropdown with options AnyConnect-UofMvpnFull, Departemental Pools, Split Tunnel - General Access VPN. Split tunnel is selected.
    • UMN - Split Tunnel - General Access VPN Pool: For most UofM VPN needs, including shared drive access.
    • UofM Full Tunnel - Uses a UofM IP address for entirety of connection.
    • Departmental Pools - Your department may require use of their VPN Pool. 
      • Select your departmental pool after clicking 'Connect'.
    • The embedded profile will be downloaded automatically upon connect and you will be able to use it for subsequent connections.
  3. Click Connect.

    AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window. Split Tunnel - General Access VPN is selected.
    • Note: If you connect by IP address (e.g., you will see a "certificate mismatch" warning. Click Accept to continue.
  4. Enter your Internet ID and password in the sign-in window.
  5. Click OK. A Duo Security push will automatically be sent to your default Duo device.
    • To use any other method (e.g., call me, passcode) for Duo authentication, use Duo Append Mode.
  6. Approve the Duo Login Request.
  7. The dialog box at the bottom of the user interface should say "Establishing VPN - Examining system, Activating VPN Adapter, Confguring System" followed by 'Connected to XXX' and then the AnyConnect status window will disappear.
    • An icon for VPN with a lock should show up on the dock and/or on the menu bar.

Verify your Cisco AnyConnect VPN Connection

  1. From the task bar at the bottom (or top) of your screen, click on the VPN icon to view the Cisco AnyConnect user interface. The VPN icon is the white globe with green/blue links and a lock superimposed.
  2. Select the Statistics tab to view basic connectivity information.


Click the AnyConnect icon and select disconnect from the pull down menu. You can also simply quit the program to end the VPN connection.