Note: If you are on the Medical Campus, please see the BUMC VPN instructions.

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client – vpn.bu.edu

The easiest VPN client to use on both Windows (10, 8.1, 8, 7) and Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) is the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. Because this client is web-based, there is nothing you need to install or configure manually. To use the AnyConnect client, you simply log in and wait for the connection to launch. A light client is downloaded when you connect and disconnected when your computer shuts down. You can browse the web as you normally would, once the connection has been established.

Important Notes:

  • Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is intended for off-campus use. It will work as a method of securing the on-campus wireless network, but use of BU (802.1x) is highly recommended. (Unlike with the VPN, once 802.1x is configured, it may not require a manual connection each time you want to use wireless.)
  • The light client download can take a little longer the first time you use it, but subsequent connections should progress more quickly.
  • If you are prompted for the server name, use vpn.bu.edu. Once the VPN is set up, you will use your BU login name and BU Kerberos password to log in.
  • We no longer recommend built-in VPN programs on Mac or Windows, as they are incompatible with the Two-Factor VPN. If the Cisco AnyConnect program does not work on your OS, you will need to update to be fully supported.
  • Two-Factor VPN is required if you need UIS/Galaxy or Faculty/Staff Link access, but the vpn.bu.edu address will still work for accessing other resources like Library databases.
  • The vpn.bu.edu/2fa server only filters traffic that is going through bu.edu. Any other Internet addresses will work through your usual network provider. If you need all network traffic to go through BU, you should use vpn.bu.edu.

Are you having a problem with the AnyConnect web-based application?

Below are the installation files and instructions which will walk you through the process of downloading, installing, and launching it. Please choose the correct operating system: