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WSU SSL VPN- Windows procedure – step by step

You must be off campus to use these Cisco AnyConnect Essentials client instructions.
A manual installation option is available if needed.

  1. Make sure your system satisfies the SSL VPN operating system and browser requirements
  2. Complete the Mandatory one time self-registration
  3. Connect to the WSU SSL VPN Service. (

    Please read page:

  • Enter your AD Username (WSU Network ID) and password and click LOGIN.
  • For Internet Explorer:

  • Allow the ActiveX Control add-on to run by Clicking as directed:
  • For FireFox:

  • Click “Run” for the JavaSun download.
  • If you receive a User Account Control message, click “Yes”.
  • Internet Explorer Only:

  • If you receive the following VPN Client Downloader window, add to the Trusted Sites Zone in Internet Explorer.
    1. In the IE Browser, select Tools->Internet Options->Security->Trusted sites->sites->Add
    2. Close" the Trusted sites window
    3. Click “OK” on the Internet Options window to continue.
    4. Click “OK” to the VPN Client Downloader.
      1. If the Client does not continue with the setup, simply refresh the page or Enable ActiveX and add to the Trusted Sites Zone in the browser then start over.
  • When you get the “Connection Established” window, and WebLaunch box “Connected is checked, you are now successfully connected to the WSU Network via an SSL connection.

Manual Install

    If the WebLaunch does not Automatically establish the SSLVPN connection, retry or install Client following the Manual Installation by Clicking on Windows 7/Vista/64/XP as shown in the window below.

  • Run the downloaded file

  • In Internet Explorer it will look like:
  • In Firefox the downloaded file will look like the screen below. Click “Save File”.

  • Double Click in the Firefox Downloads window to start the AnyConnect install.

  • Both Firefox and Internet Explorer will give a similar Security Warning message. Click Run.

  • Click ”Next” to start the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Setup.

  • Select “I accept the terms in the license Agreement” , and the Click “Next”

  • Click “Install” to begin the Setup Wizard.

  • Let the wizard run. If a “User Account Control” message appears ( shown below), select “Yes”. Otherwise, when completed, Click “Finish”.

  • Start the Cisco AnyConnect Client.

  • Click on Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client and a logon will appear.

  • Select in the ‘Connect to:‘ dialog box.
  • The SSLVPN connection should be Established. The AnyConnect Icon will appear.
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  • When ready, right click the AnyConnect Icon and select Disconnect

    To Reconnect:

  • Right Click the AnyConnect Icon, whether in the Quick Start menu or the tray in the lower right corner and select “Open”. Enter your UserID and Password and the connection will be re-Established.