What it is:
Cisco AnyConnect is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) client for use with UVM networking equipment. The purpose of a VPN is to enable off-campus devices to access the campus network as though they are on-campus. The VPN allows you to bypass firewalls and border router rules that otherwise would prevent many services from being used from off campus, while also encrypting all communications from your computer to the VPN concentrator on campus. Thus, the VPN helps to protect your data and campus resources from prying eyes on the Internet.
Most file servers are not made available directly on the Internet owing to security concerns. UVM's primary enterprise file server, "files.uvm.edu", is no exception. To access the file server using the same mechanisms as on the campus network, you must
use a VPN client.
AnyConnect is available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Apple iOS, and Android devices. AnyConnect replaces the now-defunct "Cisco VPN Client" used previously at UVM.
How to use it:
If it is not already present on your system, simply visit https://sslvpn.uvm.edu
to download and initiate the AnyConnect client. After the client software is installed, you do not have to re-visit this web page, but instead can launch the program in the same way as you access other software on your computer.
If you have trouble installing the AnyConnect client through the above web site, you can download the installer manually by visiting https://www.uvm.edu/software
Once you have started AnyConnect and logged on, you should be able to access on-campus file servers using the same methods that you use on campus. If you have drive letters mapped to the file server from a time when your computer was on campus, you can continue to use those. If you have never used the file server from your computer, see the File Server Access
page for assistance.