FSU Biology - Connecting to the FSU VPN

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Connecting to the FSU VPN


Windows Instructions for the Cisco VPN

Using an up to date browser visit http://vpn.fsu.edu. Log in using your FSU Omni userid and password. Click on the "AnyConnect" link and then the "Start AnyConnect" link and allow the browser to install the software (click "Run", click "Yes"). Enter your FSU Omni login information in the logon dialog. After the process is complete you should see "Connection established" on the webpage.

If the webpage downloads an installer rather than installs it for you then download and run the installer with default options.

At this point you should have a new Start menu item labeled "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client". For future VPN session you don't need to launch a browser, just start the "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client" and login with your FSU Omni login information. On 2FA prompt choose "Push", assuming you have Duo app installed.

If the installation fails using Firefox try the same instructions using Chrome or Edge.


Please disconnect when you are done.  There are a limited number of connections to the VPN.



Apple MacOS Instructions for the Cisco VPN

Using the Firefox browser visit http://vpn.fsu.edu. Log in using your FSU Omni userid and password. Click on the "AnyConnect" link and then the "Start AnyConnect" link and allow the browser to install the software (click "Allow", and if prompted enter an administrator username and password, then press OK). After the process is complete you should see "Connection established" on the webpage. Also, a new Icon with be present in the top right menu bar signifying VPN status.

At this point you should have a new Application Folder labeled "Cisco". For future VPN session you don't need to launch a browser, just start the "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client", which is in this folder, and login with your FSU Omni login information.

If the installation fails using Firefox try the same instructions using Safari or Chrome.


Please disconnect when you are done.  There are a limited number of connections to the VPN.


Once you are connected applications that require a FSU IP should work. Notably this includes:


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