Virtual Private Network


A Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is available to all ANU Staff (on request) and Students, allowing secure remote connections to the ANU network.

VPN client software is available for most operating systems. For connecting to ANU through VPN:

  1. Download and install the relevant VPN service client
  2. Open the VPN client software and configure with the following settings:
    • Connect to
    • Set Group to ANU.
    • Enter username,
      • ANU ID followed by "@vpnGroupName" for staff (eg u1234567@anubasic); or 
      • "@student" (eg u1234567@student) for students. 
    • Enter your ANU password (Horus/ISIS).

The VPN cannot be used to access remote services, Reverse Proxy ( is the preferred solution for this.

Staff – anubasic is no longer available for general access. Please log a job with the service desk to get access to the VPN group that is relevant to your area of work. In many cases, there are area specific VPN groups to provide appropriate access.

Please contact the relevant Local IT Support Staff (LITSS) for information on remote access to locally-operated services or for further information and support.

VPN service clients

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, & 10.x

x86(32-bit) and x64(64-bit)

v4.5.01044 (MSI, 9MB)

Mac OS X 10.8 and later

v4.5.01044 (DMG, 16.9MB)

Linux Red Hat 6, 7 & Ubuntu 12.x, 14.x

(64-bit only)


Apple iPhone/iPad iOS 4.1+

via iTunes Store

Android Android 4.0+

via Google Play

32-bit Linux installations

Cisco have ceased support for 32-bit Linux deployments of the AnyConnect software. We recommend using OpenConnect ( on these platforms.

New 64-bit Linux installations

Users that are installing AnyConnect on Linux for the first time will need to run the following command after installing AnyConnect in order to avoid certificate errors:

sudo ln -s /etc/ssl/certs/UTN_USERFirst_Hardware_Root_CA.pem /opt/.cisco/certificates/ca/