Setup VPN, Part 2 (WinOS)

Setup VPN (WinOS)

Step 1: Launch Cisco AnyConnect

  • Type in Cisco AnyConnect into the Windows search bar
  • Right click on the Cisco AnyConnect app (Make sure it says App underneath)
  • Select "Pin to taskbar"
  • The icon should appear in your taskbar so the next time you need to launch the Cisco Anyconnect, you just click on the icon

Step 2: Launch Cisco AnyConnect

Click the Cisco AnyConnect icon in the taskbar. Alternatively, if you did not pin the icon to your taskbar, repeat the directions above.

Step 3: Launch Cisco AnyConnect

Follow Steps 1-5 from here: and return here after Step 5.

Step 4: Launch Cisco AnyConnect

Confirm you are connected to the VPN by checking the Cisco icon. If you see a padlock icon in the lower right of the Cisco icon, you are connected.

Step 5: RDP To Your Desktop

  • Type in "RDP" into the search bar
  • Double click to run the Remote Desktop Program

Step 6: RDP To Your Desktop

Click the "Show Options" to expand the list of available options.

Step 7: RDP To Your Desktop

  • For computer, you will enter your work computer IP address. This will be a number like: 12.34.567.890. FYI, The last set of digits can be 2 or 3 digits.
  • For "username", you will enter your work username.
  • Check "Allow me to save credentials"
  • Click "Connect"

Step 8: RDP To Your Desktop

The first time, you’ll be asked to enter your password.

Step 9: RDP To Your Desktop

You should be connected to your work computer.

Step 10: Disconnect When You’re Done

To disconnect from the RDP session when you are done, just simply click the "X" to close the session.

Step 11: Disconnect When You’re Done

Please remember to disconnect from the Cisco VPN as well.