Cisco VPN

General Information

Note: The Cisco Anyconnect VPN client has been replaced with the bSecure Remote Access VPN client. Currently installed Cisco clients will continue to work through September 30, 2019. It is highly recommended that current installs of the Cisco Anyconnect VPN client be removed and the bSecure VPN client installed at the earliest opportunity to avoid a lapse in service. Go to bSecure Remote Access VPN site for more information and download instructions.

The Remote Access VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is designed to allow CalNetID authenticated users to connect to the UC Berkeley network from outside of campus, as if they were on campus, and encrypts the information sent to the network.

When you use a VPN connection, it appears to systems on campus that you are also on campus - you will have a UCB IP address instead of the one you have at home (through your Internet Service Provider). The VPN offers a way for authorized users to 'tunnel' in to the campus network, to access UCB resources normally not available from home machines, bypassing any port blocking at the campus border. Note: traffic is encrypted from your workstation through the network to the VPN concentrator hardware at UCB, but at that point the traffic is un-encrypted and sent out over the campus network. (If you are using software like ssh, your traffic on the campus network remains encrypted.)

Cisco VPN Client Installation for Berkeley Desktop machines

If your machine was installed with a Berkeley Desktop image, then you likely already have the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client installed on your machine. If your machine is not a Berkeley Desktop image, but you have Berkeley Desktop services including Self Service, then you are just a few clicks away from installing the VPN client as EOS provides the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client in Self Service for both Windows and macOS. 

Cisco VPN Client Installation for non-Berkeley Desktop machines

To install the Cisco Anyconnect VPN client, download the installer files by clicking on the link for your OS below. Note the name of the file listed in the Description field. This is the file you will use to install the core VPN module (recommended). Additional features are available for advanced users and can be installed concurrently with the core module, or added separately after the core module install.

 For best results, remove any prior Cisco AnyConnect client version before installing a new release version. For information on manually removing the VPN client see the Cisco VPN FAQs. The Mac installer will automatically remove any existing copies of the Cisco VPN client from the target machine before installing the latest version.

For additional documentation please see Release Notes; Admin Guide; System Requirements.

For more information on getting started with the VPN client see the Knowledge Base Article #KB0010294.

If the article listed above does not answer your questions, please contact:

Additional Links for Mobile clients:

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Mobile Platforms Data Sheet - Cisco

  • Cisco AnyConnect on the App Store on iTunes
  • AnyConnect ICS+ - Android Apps on Google Play
Vendor: Cisco
Categories: Security
Available Platforms: Windows, Macintosh, Linux


Clicking on the links below will take you to a page that will offer a choice between two releases of Anyconnect VPN client.

Cisco VPN - Current Version 4.6.01103
Name Platform Description
Anyconnect for Windows Windows

VPN Client for Windows (32&64 bit) Win 7 SP1, Win 8/8.1, Win 10
File: anyconnect-win-4.6.01103-core-vpn-predeploy-k9

Anyconnect for Mac Macintosh

VPN Client for Mac OSX (64 bit) 10.11 and above
File: anyconnect-4.6.01103-mac-vpn-only

Anyconnect for Linux64 Linux VPN Client for Linux 64-bit (RHEL6 & 7, Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04)
File: anyconnect-linux64-4.6.01103-predeploy-k9.tar