Connecting to VPN on Linux (Ubuntu)

  1. First you will need to login to the webpage using the appropriate link below:

  1. After logging in, download the “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” by clicking “Download for Linux” and download the script file “”


  1. Another window will pop up and it will prompt to save the installer.


  1. Open up the command terminal (crtl+alt+t) and input these commands:

~$ cd Downloads/   (makes it so that the directory is downloads and allow interaction with the installer file)

Ls – l      (looks through the downloads folder to look for the script file)

Chmod o+x (marks the script as an executable file)

Sudo ./    (this runs the script)


  1. Input the computer password when prompted  (it will prompt you to do this after you run the script).


  1. After you enter the password, the program should be fully installed on your computer. You can then open the client by selecting “Show applications” on the bottom right of your screen. Then click on Cisco AnyConnect.


  1. After Cisco AnyConnect opens, if you haven't connected before, you will need to specify the VPN server:
  • Accessed from off-campus and from wireless when on-campus

  • Accessed from on-campus, wired connections only


  1. Click “Connect”, then it will prompt you to enter your credentials, you will need to input your WatIAM user ID and password. Then click “Connect”.


  1. You should now be connected! If you want to make sure you are connected, then you can click on Cisco AnyConnect, which should show you it as “Connected”.

Need help?

Contact the IST Service Desk at or 519-888-4567 ext. 44357.


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