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A VPN (Virtual Private Network) client is a small piece of software that allows you to connect to a designated network securely, using the infrastructure of another network to access the designated one. Most, but not all of the time, this means connecting to a private network, like CU's, through the Internet.

The CU VPN Client is required for accessing the following:
  • Reaching files stored on the network drives when off-campus (H Drive, I Drive, etc)
  • SPSS users who are using a Concordia temp license
  • Accessing Banner off-site
  • Printing off-site
  • Using the Cisco VoIP Communicator

NOTE: The Concordia VPN is used ONLY for a secure connection to Concordia University Portland Internal resources from off-site locations by authorized users. This VPN does NOT affect Internet traffic. It does NOT provide security or anonymity for Internet activities.

Downloading and Installing for PC

Follow the steps below to download, install, and configure the CU VPN Client.
1. Download the installer here:

2. A dialog will open asking for permission to download win24.msi, choose "Allow" if you are prompted, otherwise choose "Run" to being the installation.

3. The Cisco VPN Install Wizard will open; simply follow it through the steps of the installation until it finishes.

4. When the installation is complete, the VPN client icon will appear in your taskbar as a small globe. A closed padlock indicates that the VPN Client is connected.


The VPN Client will appear in your Start menu like this:

5. Click to open the program, then enter vpn.cu-portland.edu in the server box if it is blank. Click Connect.

6. Enter your normal Intranet username and password.

7. When you see a green checked box next to VPN, you know you are connected. To change any settings, simply click
"Advanced" to open the settings menu.

8. You will know you have connected successfully when there is a golden lock next to the icon!
vpnc connected.png

Video Tutorial

Prefer a more guided tutorial? View the video below.