Using the VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Using the VPN is a convenient way to access BU’s internal network from off-campus. For more information on working from home with BUMC, visit our Working Remotely page for an index of remote services and capabilities available to BU faculty and staff.

The following link (for both Mac and Windows) will automatically install the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and pre-configure the settings you need to get connected to BU’s VPN: Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client located at

Simply log in and wait for the connection to launch. A light client will download and then disconnect when your computer shuts down. The client will remain installed and you can choose to use the VPN at any time. You can browse the web normally while connected over the VPN.

If you are having trouble with the link above, you can manually install and set up the Cisco AnyConnect client. For more detailed instructions and troubleshooting steps specific to your device, pick from the list below:

Here are some important notes about the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client:

  • Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is intended for off-campus use. It will work as a method of securing the on-campus wireless network, but use of BU (802.1x) is highly recommended. (Unlike with the VPN, once 802.1x is configured, it may not require a manual connection each time you want to use wireless. Your device will generally “remember” your credentials and be able to connect you automatically over 802.1x.)
  • The client may take some time to download at first, but after installation, subsequent connections should be quick and easy.
  • If you have Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer, you also have an easy-to-use built-in option that does not require any client download. However, there are some limitations with the built-in Mac client and we recommend the use of the AnyConnect client. The built-in Mac client uses an IPSec protocol to make a VPN connection and this type of protocol is commonly blocked at hotspot locations such as airports and hotels. The AnyConnect client uses both IPSec and SSL (which is less likely to be blocked) to establish a VPN connection.
  • Are you using the VPN specifically to run Outlook (Exchange) from off campus? Try Outlook Anywhere instead!
  • If you are prompted for the server name, use Once the VPN is set up, you will use your BU login name and BU Kerberos password to log in.