Cisco VPN, Start before logon
A feature of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN is the ability to connect to the VPN before entering your NetID and password on a Windows computer. This allows for first sign-ins off-campus as well as protection when traveling with a laptop.
For remote and hybrid staff and faculty signing in to a new computer for the first time, it is necessary to first connect to the campus VPN so the computer recognizes the NetID and password.
If you are not connected to the VPN before first sign-in, you will see this message:
How to connect to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN at the login screen
From the login screen, select the button on the bottom right that looks like to stacked monitors.
When Cisco AnyConnect VPN opens, connect to vpn.illinois.edu. Click Connect, sign in with your NetID and campus password, and Connect.
Once connected to the VPN, log in to Windows with UOFI\NetID and your campus password.
Note: from this point forward, the VPN is not required when signing in, only for accessing certain campus resources.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact IT Partners @ Gies - email@example.com, 217-244-0812.