Follow the instructions below to download, install and connect the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client on your Windows computer to the VPN.   



  1. Go to
    Locate Cisco AnyConnect (VPN Client) section at top of page. 
  2. Click box next to I accept Software Terms of Use.
  3. Click the link for the Windows AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (4.4).
    screenshot showing software portal and windows Anyconnect installer link for download.

    The installer file will download.  


  1. Click Save, when asked: What do you want to do with anyconnect-win-4.4.03034-…?.
  2. Click Run.
    The Setup Wizard opens.
  3. Follow prompts to install.
  4. Click Yes, when prompted with Do you want to allow this app...?
  5. Click Finish when installation has completed.


  1. Open Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.  
    The app can be found by clicking the small white up arrow in desktop tray and then clicking Cisco AnyConnect globe-icon.
    task bar showing white up arrow.

    The Ready to Connect VPN dialog box opens.

  2. Enter (if not already entered) and click .

    A login window opens (see image below).
  3. Log in: 
    1. Choose Group appropriate to your role at MSU (in most cases this will be MSU-Employee-VPN or MSU-Student-VPN)
    2. Enter your NetID and NetID Password.
    3. Click OK.
      Screenshot of Cisco AnyConnect login fields including the group drop down

You will now be connected to the MSU VPN. The Cisco icon in the desktop tray, found by clicking the small white up arrow,  will now have a little padlock on it showing the computer is connected.


Right-click on the icon and select Disconnect.  

To connect in the future:

Go to your desktop tray, click the white up arrow ^,  and click the round Cisco icon. When the app opens click the Connect button just as you did in step 2 above, and you'll be connected.

NOTE: You will not connect by going to your networks as you had in the past when connecting to the old VPN. Always connect using the AnyConnect app as outlined above.