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Cisco Secure Client installation instructions for macOS.

University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff should follow these instructions to install the Cisco Secure Client on their macOS computer.

The Cisco Secure Client can be used to connect to the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Installing the client requires administrator credentials.  Faculty and staff that use a university-owned computer may have to contact their IT support unit to install this software on their behalf.

Quick Start

  • Download the macOS VPN installation package from the WebStore.
  • Extract the downloaded file by double-clicking on it.
    • It should be named something like "cisco-secure-client-macos-###-personal-installer.dmg".
    • The file will most likely be in your Downloads folder.
  • Double-click on the installer to start the installation dialog.  The installer file is the one whose name begins with "cisco-secure-client".
  • Do NOT accept the system extension "socket filter". It is not needed for basic VPN functionality and will conflict with other socket filters.
  • After the installation is complete, go to Cisco folder inside the Applications directory and delete the application "Cisco Secure Client - Socket Filter".
  • After the socket filter is deleted, open the Cisco Secure Client application.
  • Select the profile that best suits your needs and click "Connect".
  • Complete the authentication process using your full email address (NetID@illinois.edu) as your username.

Detailed instructions are provided below.

Installing the Cisco Secure Client

  1. Download the macOS VPN installation package from the WebStore. The downloaded file should be named something like "cisco-secure-client-macos-###-personal-installer.dmg" and will most likely be in your Downloads folder.
  2. Extract the downloaded file by double-clicking on it.  It should be named something like "cisco-secure-client-macos-###-personal-installer.dmg"

    Extract DMG File

  3. Double-click on the installer to start the installation dialog.

    Double-Click on Installer

  4. On the installer welcome screen, click "Continue".

    Installer Welcome Screen

  5. Accept the End User License Agreement by clicking "Continue".

    Accept EULA

  6. In the new foregrounded window, confirm that you accept the End User License Agreement by clicking "Agree".

    Confirmation of EULA

  7. In the next window, click "Install".

    Install

  8. If you are prompted for administrator credentials, enter them and click "Install Software".  These credentials are for an admin account on your computer, not necessarily your NetID and password.

    Enter Admin Credentials

  9. When the installer finishes, click "Close".

    Close Installer

  10. When you see a pop-up window that tells you a system extenstion was blocked, click "OK".  Do NOT accept the system extension "socket filter". It is not needed for basic VPN functionality and will conflict with other socket filters.  For more information, see VPN, Cisco AnyConnect (or Cisco Secure Client) Socket Filter for Mac OS Big Sur and newer Mac OS

    System Extension

  11. If you get a popup with a purple circular icon that asks if you want to allow the Cisco Secure Client Socket Filter to filter network content, click Don't Allow. If you get two of these popups, click Don't Allow for both. 

    Allow socket filter

  12. After the installation is complete, go to Cisco folder inside the Applications directory and delete the application "Cisco Secure Client - Socket Filter".

    Delete Socket Filter

Starting the Cisco Secure Client

Before you can connect to the VPN, you first need to start the Cisco Secure Client application.

Click on the Spotlight Search magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner.  In the foregrounded text box, type "Cisco Secure Client".  You should see an application with than name appear in the search results.

Spotlight Search

Click on the application to start it and you should be presented with the Cisco Secure Client connection window.

Connection Window

Starting the Cisco Secure Client will also add a new icon to your dock and to your menu bar.

Menu Bar

Connecting to the VPN

If the VPN connection window is already open, you should see a drop-down menu with at least three options.

Standard Profile Options

If you only see a text box that says "1 Split Tunnel", click on the downward-pointing arrow on the right side of that text box to show the other options.

If the VPN connection window is not already open, click on the Cisco Secure Client icon in the dock or in the menu bar and select "Show Cisco Secure Client Window". That should bring up the connection window.

Foreground Connection Window From Menu Bar

From the drop-down menu, select the VPN connection profile that best suits your needs.

  • If your only goal is to access campus resources, select the "Split Tunnel" profile.
  • If your goal is to access off-campus resources as if you are on-campus, select the "Tunnel All" profile. This will also allow you to access campus resources.
  • If your goal is to access campus resources, but you are at a location that uses the same private IP space as Illinois, select the "Split Tunnel Public IPs Only" profile. (If you are not sure what this means, you can safely ignore this profile option.)
  • If you are unsure which profile to choose, select the "Tunnel All" profile.
  • Additional guidance about VPN connection profiles is available here: About VPN Profiles 

After you select a profile, you will be taken through the authentication process.  

Make sure you enter your full email address (NetID@illinois.edu) as your username.

Disconnecting from the VPN

To disconnect from the VPN, click on the Cisco Secure Client icon in the menu bar and select "Disconnect".

Disconnect From Menu Bar

You can also disconnect by clicking on the "Disconnect" button on the right-side of the connection window.

Disconnect

Troubleshooting and the Statistics Window

If you encounter problems using the Cisco Secure Client, contact the Technology Services Help Desk.

The Cisco Secure Client gathers information that can help with troubleshooting.  To examine that information, click on the graph icon in the bottom left of the connection window and then choose among the tabs as needed.

Open Statistics Window

Statistics Window

Video

The video below shows how to install the Cisco Secure Client and how to connect to the VPN.

Note: the information in the video is somewhat out of date, so only use the video as a guide and follow the steps above for more exact instructions.



KeywordsVPN, Cisco, AnyConnect, Mac, macOS, Big sur, Monterey, Ventura, Sonoma, vpn.illinois.edu how to set up setup install   Doc ID47629
OwnerNetwork E.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2015-02-26 10:20:18Updated2024-03-29 08:35:47
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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