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 EEI provides the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client in Self Service for both Windows and macOS. Please see the Berkeley Desktop Self Service page for more information on how to use Self Service.
Cisco VPN Client Installation for non-Berkeley Desktop machines
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 more information on getting started with the VPN client see the Knowledge Base Article #KB0010294.
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Additional Links for Mobile clients:
|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 4.5.04029|
|Anyconnect for Windows||Windows||
VPN Client for Windows (32&64 bit) Win 7 SP1, Win 8/8.1, Win 10
|Anyconnect for Mac||Macintosh||
VPN Client for Mac OSX (64 bit) 10.11 and above
|Anyconnect for Linux64||Linux||VPN Client for Linux 64-bit (RHEL6 & 7, Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04)