VPN: Virtual Private Network

Important Changes to the VPN

In order to conserve campus resources, we have implemented new VPN policies:

  1. Idle Timeout - Your VPN session will now automatically disconnect after 15 minutes if no network activity is detected
  2. Session Timeout - Your VPN session will now automatically disconnect after 12 hours of continuous use. Logging out and back in will reset the session timer. It is recommended that you complete or save your work to prevent any loss of data.
    • Opening the AnyConnect window will display the session time in [Hours:Minutes:Seconds]
  3. Automatic Reconnect  - Your session will no longer resume automatically after your device has entered a suspended state (sleep mode)

AnyConnect window


Who should use VPN?

VPN (Virtual Private Network) lets you make a secure connection to a University computer from an off-campus, non-UMD connection.

You should consider using the VPN if you need access to:

  • Active Directory (AD) file shares (P or N drive) from off campus.
  • Restricted resources from outside the University network, including some UMD Library resources.
  • Private internal networks from outside the University.
  • Private servers and databases used to deliver course content.

You do not need to use VPN:

  • To access your UMD email.
  • To access Google Drive or other Google apps.
  • To access Canvas.
  • To access MyU.
  • To use Zoom.
  • If you are just browsing the web.

Please log out of the AnyConnect VPN client when you are finished using it. 

Installing the VPN client

Please use the AnyConnect client for all operating systems (including 64-bit OS).

  1. Open a web browser and browse to: https://vpn.d.umn.edu
    Cicso VPN Login screen

  2. Sign in with your University Internet ID and password.
  3. The VPN server should detect the operating system for your computer and automatically install the latest client to your computer. You may be prompted to install/allow Active X controls.
    VPN Java prompt

  4. Once installed, it will then automatically make a connection to the VPN server as well.
    Cicso VPN connected

    NOTE: If the automatic install fails, a link will be displayed for the appropriate client for your operating system - select the link to manually download and install the VPN client. Or, you can try downloading and installing with a different web browser.

    If you are on a Mac and are having trouble with the automatic installer, please download the standalone installer. (10.8+ users may need to set Gatekeeper to temporarily allow applications downloaded from anywhere to install.) Once installed, you will need to type vpn.d.umn.edu into the "Connect to" or host field.

Using the VPN service

  1. Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet. (If you have cable or DLS modem access, you're usually connected as soon as you turn your computer on. If you have traditional modem access, dial-up to your ISP.)
  2. Select the "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client"
    • Windows computers: Under "Programs - Cisco"
    • Macintosh computers: Under "Applications - Cisco"
  3. Enter your Username (University Internet ID) and Password and select "Connect."
    Connect to Cicso VPN screen

  4. When you're done, select "Disconnect" to close the VPN connection.
    Disconnect from Cicso VPN screen