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Rowan University VPN Client

Licensed Software (available only to Rowan employees and students)

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client is a new web-based VPN client that does not require user configuration. VPN, also called IP tunneling, is a secure method of accessing Rowan computer resources.

The Cisco VPN is required to access Exchange e-mail using Outlook, Library Resources and files on our Network using Native File Access.

What You'll Need before Connecting

  • Your Rowan username and password
  • Internet Explorer is required for use on a Windows PC. On a MAC Safari is recommended.
  • An active Internet connection
  • We recommend uninstalling the old VPN client if it is on your machine and rebooting after the uninstall is complete.
  • The Java Runtime Enviroment. You will need the Java Runtime Environment installed before you will be able to successfully install the AnyConnect client.

    Download Java for Windows XP/Vista (32-bit)

    Information about the Windows 64-bit Java plug-in

    Mac users should use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.


Location/Contact Info
Memorial Hall
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028

Phone / 856.256.4400 
Fax / 856.256.4444

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Support Desk Home Page


Installing and Connecting with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Windows Vista users: We recommend you first add the VPN site as a trusted site:

Adding Rowan web sites to the list of trusted sites is required for Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater on Windows Vista and Windows 7. We also recommend the procedure for others to eliminate certain security pop-up messages when you connect.

Internet Explorer has "Protected Mode" enabled by default. Adding Rowan web sites to the trusted sites allows communications with the security appliance, even though "Protected Mode" is enabled.

To add Rowan web sites to the list of trusted sites:

  1. Open Internet Explorer and choose Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click the Security tab.
  3. Click the Trusted Sites icon, then click the Sites button below.
  4. Type the web address https://*
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click OK on the Security tab.

Connecting to the Rowan VPN

  1. Point your browser to (Using Internet Explorer on a Windows computer is required)

  2. Enter your Rowan network username and password and click Login.

  3. Click the Start AnyConnect link in your browser window to begin installation the AnyConnect program. If you receive a certificate warning, accept the certificate and continue with the installation.
  4. NOTE: On Macintosh PowerPC computers, you may be asked to manually install the AnyConnect client (see example below). Click the link under Install using the link below to complete your installation.



  5. Once the installation is complete, you will be automatically connected to USC's VPN. You should now see the icon, circled in the image below in your system tray if you are on a Windows PC or the system dock if you are on a Macintosh


Disconnecting from the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client

For a Windows PC

To disconnect from the AnyConnect VPN connection on a Windows PC:

  1. Right-click the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client icon in your system tray.
  2. Select Open AnyConnect.
  3. From the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client screen, choose Disconnect.


For a Macintosh

To disconnect from the AnyConnect VPN connection on a Macintosh:

  1. Click the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client in your system dock.
  2. From the Cisco AnyConnect Client screen, click the Disconnect button.



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