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VPN for Mac

Installing the Client

  1. You may choose to uninstall any previous VPN software on your computer, or you may just upgrade.
  2. If you have chosen to uninstall, you must restart your computer before continuing with the new installation.
  3. Download the appropriate version of VPN software from the Argonne credentials site.
  1. Install application
    • Double-click the package downloaded for the Mac client to auto mount the image.
    • Double-click on the extracted "CiscoVPNClient" Image. This will bring up another window.
    • Double-click on the "Cisco VPN Client.mpkg" icon.
    • Follow the onscreen instructions.
    • Click Continue and accept the license agreement
    • Select destination, click install and let the program do the rest.
  1. Open your VPN client (Applications -> VPNClient or it may be on your task bar automatically depending on your preferences) .

  1. Select a profile, click on Connect and enter your ANL user name and password. You do not need to put the ANL before your name.
  2. OPTIONAL: The Mac installer package comes pre-installed with the ANL-TCP, ANL-UDP, APS-TCP, and APS-UDP packages. Follow these instructions if you have lost the profiles or need one of the others not in the default package.
    • To download in Firefox or Safari, click the appropriate link on the VPN downloads page and the profile should automatically download to your desktop or another folder, depending on your preferences.
      • ANL-TCP: A basic TCP connection, that allows you to connect to resources at Argonne.
      • ANL-UDP: A basic UDP connection, that allows you to connect to resources at Argonne.
      • ANL-TCP split: A TCP connection, that allows you access to resources at Argonne, however it uses your existing Internet connection for outside (e.g., Google) connections.
      • ANL-UDP split: A UDP connection, that allows you access to resources at Argonne, however it uses your existing Internet connection for outside (e.g., Google) connections.
      • APS-TCP: Used to connect to resources at the APS with a TCP connection.
      • APS-UDP: Used to connect to resources at the APS with a UDP connection.
  3. OPTIONAL: Import the connection profiles. Click on the Import button, select the folder you downloaded the .pcf files to (default is desktop), select the one you wish to use, and select open.

You may import multiple connection profiles if you wish; however, you will only be able to connect with one profile at a time.

Uninstalling the Client

Note: There is currently no way to completely remove the VPN client. The following procedure will remove most of the files; however, your preferences will remain.

  1. Open a terminal window (Applications > Utilities).
  2. Run the command "sudo /usr/local/bin/vpn_uninstall" as an administrator
    Or
    "sudo /opt/cisco-vpnclient/bin/vpn_uninstall"
  3. Answer yes to both questions.

  1. Restart your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions and Known Issues

Q: Is there any other way to remove the program without going through the sudo command? Can't I just drag the program to the trash can?

A: At this time, there is no other way to completely remove the VPN client. However, if you have a previous version of the VPN client installed, you will be able to upgrade without uninstalling. If you drag the program from the applications folder to the trash can, any future installs will be corrupt until you run the removal from the command line.

If you are having problems not listed on this page, you might want to check out Cisco's web sitefor additional information and troubleshooting.


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