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Cisco AnyConnect Campus VPN

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN - also called the Campus VPN - allows access from anywhere to Campus-hosted resources, separate from departmental resources.

Installing and Running Cisco AnyConnect VPN

  1. Check to see if the UMD VPN is installed.  You can search for “Cisco AnyConnect”.  If it is already installed, skip to step 4.

  2. Download the VPN software from Terpware

  3. Follow the instructions on the link in the previous step to install the VPN.

  4. On the first screen, you will need to input “” if it is not pre-populated for you.


  1. Click “Connect” after the text box is filled in.  Select the group and fill in your username and password.

    1. Group
      1. UMAccess-MFA - Select this group if:
        1. You need access to KFS and other secure campus systems.
        2. You are a Tier 3 customer needs access to your work desktop or file server. (This applies to most staff and others who don't have admin access.)
      2. UMD - Select this group if
        1. You are a Tier 1 or 2 customer and have admin access on your computer. (This applies to most researchers.)
        2. You need all traffic to go through the VPN such as when you are in a location where internet access is restricted.  More information is included for this option below under "Username."
    2. Username

      1. Your normal campus username (part before the of your campus email address) is the most common option.

      2. Add “.all” to your username (UMD group only) if you want everything to go over the campus VPN.  This is useful as access to some resources such as Google is blocked in some countries. This setup will allow you to access the blocked resources.

    3. Password
      1. Campus password will be used.

      2. For MFA group options, the second password box is for Duo.  You can type “push” for a Duo push or you can enter the Duo code from your token or Duo app.

  1. Click the OK button and the VPN will connect and minimize itself and run in the background.

Using Remote Desktop with Cisco AnyConnect VPN


These instructions will only apply to users on Windows machines at home, Chromebook users must use the Pulse Secure VPN.

  1. From your home Windows machine, connect to the Cisco VPN using the instructions in the section above, "Installing and Running Cisco AnyConnect VPN." 
  2. Open the Remote Desktop Connection program (this can be found by searching for "Remote Desktop Connection" in your windows search).


2. Select "Show Options" in the bottom left corner to see the full menu of options. You must do this in order to sign into your machine with your user account.


3. Users can access their machines by using the following for their "Computer:" line: username.<department>  If you would like assistance obtaining or creating a host name for this purpose please contact the Service Desk.

The hostname for your computer, based on your department, will be:
  • BioE:
  • ECE:
  • IREAP:
  • ISR:
  • General Engineering (any other group from Engineering):  
  • Math:
  • Physics:
4. For your "Username:" line, you should enter your
5. Click "Connect" in the bottom left corner to remotely connect to your machine.

Mac OS

1. Install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application from the Mac App Store.

2. Click "Add PC".  


3. For "PC name" see Step 3


4. For "User account", click on "Ask when required", then "Add User Account". 

5. For "Username", enter your . For "Password", enter your UMD Directory Password.


6. Click "Add".

Optional: If you're sitting at a computer that has multiple monitors and you'd like to use all of those monitors for Remote Desktop, click on the Display tab, then check "Use all monitors."


Keywords:cisco anyconnect campus vpn remote desktop group umapps umd-mfa umapps-mfa umaccess-mfa   Doc ID:103389
Owner:Ayla H.Group:University of Maryland Engineering IT
Created:2020-06-26 10:22 EDTUpdated:2020-07-28 16:08 EDT
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