Oregon State University

VPN Setup for Windows


  • ONID user account
  • Functioning Internet connection.

Recommended MethodWebVPN

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

  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 install the Cisco AnyConnect client software on your computer.
  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 to disconnect or quit the VPN connection.
  5. 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.

Method 2: Standard VPN Client

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.

  1. Download the latest 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 setup for you, and all you have to do is select the profile associated with what you need to do.

Connection information

Only need the connection profiles? Acquire that information here.

What's the difference between the different connection profiles?

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