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VPN Instructions - Remotely access your campus computer from off campus and access network drives


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Instructions on how to connect almost any off campus computer to Central’s network (with your Central credentials) via VPN.

*NOTE* Please ensure your Java is up to date before attempting the automatic install.

  1. To load the new VPN Client, open an internet browser and click the address below      

Note: if you have the old CWU VPN client, you should remove it.
Log in with your CWU username and password.

**Please note** This site can only be reached when you are not on the CWU network (even Wi-fi) .

  1. AnyConnect will start the installation process, follow any onscreen prompts inside the AnyConnect window. Once completed, the program will be available via the Start Menu or as an icon on your Desktop. It will be called Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

    If the VPN connects successfully, you can stop reading here and proceed to step 6. If it does not, please refer to the instructions below.

  1. If installation fails, you will see the above screen. The download link button will manually download the installer.  Below is what you should see to start the manual installation process.

  2.  Follow the installation steps until you come to the window bellow and click finish.

  3. Once the installation is complete, find and start the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. You may need to type in the web address and your MyCWU username and password one more time in the box that appears on your screen. Below is what you should see…


  1. Once connected, you should see a green check mark.
  2. You have successfully connected via VPN.

In order to access your network drives or workstation, you will need to map them to your computer.

To map a network drive on Windows 7, please visit Map Windows 7 Drive 

To map a network drive on Windows 10, please visit Map Windows 10 Drive

In order to map a network drive on a Mac, please contact the Service Desk at 509-963-2001

If you are wanting to connect to your workstation from home, please visit the articles below.

Remote Desktop via Windows 7 over VPN

Remote Desktop via Windows 10 over VPN

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