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WebVPN (Purdue Virtual Private Network) in Windows OS

NOTE: You will need Purdue Login two-factor authentication to access the VPN service. If you do not yet have Purdue Login 2FA setup, go here for information on how to sign up.

ITaP provides a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to the Purdue community; you'll need it when you are off campus to map a network drive to your ECN home directory and/or to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a Windows PC, among numerous other services.

You might know ITaP's VPN service by the names "WebVPN" or "AnyConnect Portal" ... or you might know that a Cisco client application is one way to access the service.

These instructions are based on Windows 10, and ITaP's VPN service as provided in April 2020; later versions of Windows, ITaP's VPN service, and/or Cisco software might mean these instructions will need to be adapted.

VPN connection instructions for Mac OS X can be found here

Getting Started

Installing Cisco AnyConnect Client

On your PC, launch a web browser (e.g. Firefox, or Chrome) and go to this page:

From that page you should download the version of Cisco AnyConnect software for your system, University Owned or Personally Owned.

Users will want to uncheck the all options except "Core & VPN". (See image below)

Not unchecking the other options will cause several issues such as not being able to connect to PAL!!

Anyconnect Install Options


After downloading install the client and launch it – it may update the first time you install it.


Connecting to the Purdue VPN via the Cisco AnyConnect Client

Launch the client you should see the following, unless you’ve been directed to use a different address you should enter ( is the original server but has less connections).

*Note: If you are traveling internationally, you may need to use instead of*

Anyconnect Address Bar



Once you click ‘connect’ you should see this window. Enter your Purdue login alias (career account username) for the Username and your normal Purdue password followed by comma-'push' (e.g. password,push).

Enter your Purdue login alias (career account) for the Username and your normal Boilerkey combination


Checking your VPN status and disconnecting from Purdue VPN

To check our VPN status you can hover your mouse pointer over the small ^ in the lower right hand corner of your display.  A group of icons should pop up and the Cisco Icon with a ‘lock’ on it should be one of them (see below).

Check Our VPN Status

Your list of icons will likely be different but the Cisco icon should be one of them. 

If there is no lock then your VPN connection is not currently on.  You can right click on the icon and choose ‘connect’ to re-establish a connection.

Check VPN connection


To disconnect you can hover over the cisco icon and then left click on the option to ‘Disconnect’

Disconnect VPN


Need Help?

  • Contact ITaP at or 765.494.4000

Last Modified: Jun 26, 2023 11:19 am GMT-4
Created: Mar 11, 2020 1:57 pm GMT-4 by admin