Oregon State University

Virtual Private Network (VPN)


A virtual private network (VPN) provides a secure connection to the private OSU network regardless of the user's physical location. Data sent to oregonstate.edu and its subdomains will be encrypted, allowing the secure conveyance of sensitive information and passwords. A connection over VPN is necessary for off-campus access of many OSU resources, which are listed below. 

Who has access?

Users must have an ONID or DINO account and a current affiliation with the University. For example, temporary access to ONID accounts after graduation will not give VPN access.

What OSU resources require using the VPN?

  • Accessing OSU Library databases and SciFinder Scholar from off-campus computers.
  • Using Outlook for Exchange e-mail from off-campus computers (faculty and staff only).
  • Accessing OSU computers that are behind firewalls via Remote Desktop (faculty and staff only).
  • Banner GUI.
  • NOTE: A VPN connection is not needed from off-campus when accessing ONID Webmail, Outlook Web Access, or Canvas.

Port Information▸

In case your firewall is preventing access to our VPN service, create an exception for the following ports:

  • TCP: 80, 443
  • UDP: 500, 4500
  • IPSec: 50 



Recommended Method WebVPN▸

(works on Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems)

  1. Go to https://sds.oregonstate.edu
  2. Login using your ONID username and password.
  3. Click "Continue" on the "Information Services VPN Service" window that appears.
  4. Accept the Java applet's request to run.**
  5. Accept the request to install the Cisco AnyConnect client software on your computer.
  6. A window will appear informing you that you are connected to the OSU network. An icon will also appear in the system tray when you successfully connect. You can right-click this icon and choose to disconnect or quit the VPN connection.
  7. To reconnect in the future, open the "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client" from the Programs menu and connect to "sds.oregonstate.edu" and use your ONID username and password to reestablish a VPN connection.

**Note: Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge do not support Java. When the website below attempts to download using Java, you will have to wait for 60 seconds for the application to automatically proceed to the next step for a manual install and download. 

Windows 8.1 Known Issue
Windows 8.1 users may experience an issue with Cisco AnyConnect suddenly quitting and coming up with the error "Failed to initialize connection subsystem." This is due to a certain Windows security update. It is a known issue, and the fix can be found on our FAQ's page.

Alternative Method (Windows)(Legacy)▸

  1. Download the legacy version of the Cisco VPN client software. 
    Version for 32-bit Windows: Download
    Version for 64-bit Windows: Download
  2. After your download completes, double-click the file to start installation.
  3. Launch the software by selecting it from the All Programs list, then select Cisco Systems VPN Client folder. The VPN client is located here. 
  4. Profiles have already been set up for you, and all you have to do is select the profile associated with what you need to do.

NOTE: This client is no longer supported by Cisco. It is strongly recommended to use the newer client above.

Windows 8 Known Issue
Occasionally the Standard VPN client will have an issue with Windows 8. We are aware of the issue and a fix has been found. The fix can be found on the FAQ's page which has the file to download and instructions on how to apply the solution for the issue and allow the VPN the function properly.

Windows 10 Known Issue
The Standard VPN Client is not currently compatible with Windows 10. At present time, Windows 10 users will need to use the WebVPN instructions listed above. 

Instuctions for using VPN in China (Windows):▸



  • ONID 账号
  • 网络连接

推荐方法: WebVPN 

(适用于Windows 32字节与 64字节 系统) 

  1. 首先,打开适用的网页浏览器后输入此链接:https://sds.oregonstate.edu
  2. 登陆你的ONID用户名和密码
  3. 接受安装Cisco AnyConnect 客户端的请求
  4. 提示窗口将会显示您已成功连接OSU网络,成功连接的图标将会显示在系统任务栏,您可以右键点击此图标选择取消连接或者退出VPN连接。
  5. 未來连接时,选择 "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client" 客户端从系统菜单,选择连接至 "sds.oregonstate.edu"后输入您的ONID用户名和密码重新连接VPN。

Mac OS X▸

Recommended: Built-in VPN for OS X (10.6 and up)▸

Apple's recent operating systems offer a built-in feature that works best when connecting to the University VPN. It is highly recommended that you use the instructions provided below.

If you need to access the Acquia dev site, please follow the setup instructions for full tunnel.

Old MAC OS X Method (10.5 or older)▸

Version: - release notes


  1. Download the latest version of the Cisco VPN client software.
  2. Login with your ONID username and password.
  3. Save the install package to your Desktop.
  4. Double click the file vpnclientdarwin-
  5. Double click the mounted file vpnclientdarwin-
  6. Continue to the next section.


  1. Double click on the icon that says Cisco VPN Client.mpkg.
  2. Click continue to confirm that you would like to proceed.
  3. Click on continue again to start the installation process.
  4. Click on continue again to accept the license agreement.
  5. Click on Agree to say that you agree with the terms.
  6. Then click on install to start the installation process.
  7. If you have a system password, you will have to type it in now.
  8. Click close to exit out of the installation program when it is done.

You should now be able to delete the package that you downloaded from your desktop.

Now you should be able to go to Go> Applications and find the Cisco VPN Client listed there. When you open the Client, there will be three profiles there for you to choose from. All you have to do is simply select the type of use you need it for, then enter your ONID username and password when prompted to.

Download the VPN Client for Mac OS X



  • ONID user account
  • Functioning Internet connection.

Method 1: Built in VPN Manual setup.

For versions of Linux that do not allow you to import pre-made profiles. To do this:

  1. On your computer, open the VPN connections window.
  2. Click Add, to add a new VPN connection.
  3. Select Cisco Compatible VPN/IPSec, then click create.
  4. Enter in the gateway, group name, group password, and your ONID username. This info can be found on the following document: http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/sites/default/files/VPN/apple_vpn_setup.pdf
  5. Click Apply to save your changes.
  6. Your VPN connection should be listed in the VPN connections on your computer.
  7. To connect with the VPN, select the profile you with to connect with, then enter your ONID password.

Method 3: WebVPN

  1. Open a supported web browser and type in the address bar: https://sds.oregonstate.edu/
  2. Login using your ONID username and password.
  3. Accept the request to run the Java Application
  4. A window will appear informing you that you are connected to the OSU network. An icon will also appear in the system tray when you successfully connect. You can right-click this icon and choose disconnect or quit to end the VPN connection.

Method 4: Standard VPN Client for Linux Kernels(2.4.x-2.6.x)

Version: - release notes


  1. Download the latest version of the Cisco VPN client software.
  2. Login with your ONID username and password.
  3. Save the install package to your Desktop.
  4. Right click the vpnclient-linux-x86_64- and select extract here.


  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Elevate yourself to root.
  3. Enter the folder with the installation files by typing (in this case); "cd Desktop/vpnclient-linux-x86_64-" (without the quotations).
  4. Then type ./vpn_install.
  5. The directory where binaries will be installed should be left as the default (/usr/local/bin) by pressing enter.
  6. Automatically starting the VPN service at boot time should also be left as the default (yes) by pressing enter.
  7. The directory containing the linux kernel source code may differ depending on your version of linux. You will have to find this, then enter it in where it asks for it.
  8. After restarting your computer, you should be able to find the Cisco VPN under applications.

Note: You can create profiles for the VPN using Method 3 above. There are also profiles included in the downloaded package, which you can try copying and pasting into the profiles directory which will be in the directory the modules were installed to (Linux Kernel Source Code). The files you will be looking for end in .pfc. You will not need to copy the sample.pfc file.


Quick Connect Method▸

You can use this utility here to set it up automatically. Just navigate to this page on your device and download this file here (vpn.Mobileconfig)

Cisco AnyConnect Client▸

You can also download the Cisco AnyConnect client from the App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cisco-anyconnect/id392790924?mt=8


  1. Download the Cisco AnyConnect ICS+ app from the Google Play Store
  2. Open the app and tap "Connection"
  3. Tap "Add New VPN Connection..."
  4. Enter in the following information:
    Description: OSU VPN
    Server Address: sds.oregonstate.edu
  5. Tap "Done" and exit out of the Connection menu
  6. Turn the AnyConnect VPN connection on. You will be prompted for credentials.
    Username: Your ONID username
    Password: Your ONID password
  7. Accept the conditions, and you're done!

Common alternatives to VPN▸

VPNs are usually used to access resources from another location. Some of these resources can be accessed online in a web browser or through other programs that connect to the internet. If you have questions about what software needs VPN access, please contact the IS Service Desk. 

For users with ONID accounts looking to access their ONID file space:

SSH programs:
for Windows: WinSCP
for Macintosh: Cyberduck

Using Outlook for Exchange e-mail from a web browser:
Outlook web access

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