Using VPN Software


  • How do I connect to the USD network while traveling 
  • Need access to remote desktop to my office computer
  • Receiving Network Security Alert
  • How do I use Imagenow (Perceptive Content) off campus


  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Windows Operating systems
  • Mac OSX 


Faculty, Staff and Students require access to resource that can only be accessed from USD network 


Note: VPN is only available from an off-campus connection. If you are attempting to connect while on campus and connected to a USD network, the connection will fail. Additionally you must be coming from a US based IP address

Installing VPN Client

  1. Download VPN
  2. Run the installer once it is downloaded
  3. Click Next to install the Cisco VPN Client
  4. Select I accept on the license agreement
  5. Click Next
  6. Click Install
  7. Click Finish

Connecting for the first time

Note:  Due to current capacity limitations, please only connect to the VPN when using an application that requires VPN Be sure to disconnect from the VPN when you are no longer using that service.

  1. Ensure computer is connected to the internet
  2. Open Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility 
  3. Type
  4. Click Connect
  5. Type your USD Username and Password
    1. You will be required to use Duo multi-factor authentication
      1. a push is sent to your registered device
  6. Click Accept


To connect to On-Campus Computer:

Windows to Windows PC: : Connecting to Work Computer Remotely using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

Remote Desktop Software is not installed on University Owned Mac's by default.

  1. To connect to an on-campus Windows PC from a MAC
    1. Connecting to Remote Access and do not use VPN
    2. Once connected follow using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) from the RPD screen


  1. Install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Apple App Store
Please contact the Service Desk if you need further assistance


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