This tutorial use a CentOS 7 linux distro, for other distros like Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and others the steps are much the same

In oder to set up a working Remote VPN connection to SISSA, follow the above steps:

1. Download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

  • using your preferred browser (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are supported) connect to the site

  • insert your SISSA credentials (username/password)
  • download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client package

  • choose Save File to save the package in a local directory

2. Install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

  • 1. Locate the downloaded Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client package (usually in the Download directory under your home)
  • 2. Open a terminal window in order to insert the shell commands needed to install the package

  • 3. from the shell prompt type ls and look for a “Download” directory
  • 4. move to the Download directory with the command cd Download
  • 5. look for the downloaded package with a list command ls -l. You should see a file named like
  • 6. change file's permission to executable with the command chmod a+x
  • 7. now the file should be executable, check again with an ls -l, you should now see the file's permission as -rwxrwxr-x and the file should be displayed in green
  • 8. install the package with root privileges using the sudo command: sudo ./
  • 9. Confirm the command typing your user's password, installation should start…
  • 10. You should see a series of lines like Extracting installation files to /tmp/vpn.xxxx and the last 2 lines should be Starting Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Agent… and Done!

3. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client and connect to SISSA VPN Server

  • After successfull client installation you should have a Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client launch icon under the Applications/Internet menu
The exact menu where you can find the VPN Client lauch icon depends from the Linux distro and from the desktop manager of your choice. In any case, should be easy to locate the icon under the Internet Application menus or using the search tool and looking for just Cisco tag

  • start the VPN client

  • and type in the Connect to box

  • Type Connect and insert your SISSA's credentials (username/password)

  • Type Connect again, you shoul now see the Welcome banner

  • Type Accept to set up the tunnel and start using the VPN. You should now see in the “Statistics” tab your assigned Client VPN IP address, together with other connection infos.
If the VPN tunnel is up and running, you must see a new IP address assigned to your laptop that looks like 147.122.x.x. This is your “internal” SISSA address.

4. Disconnect from SISSA VPN Server

After you have done your job, disconnect from the SISSA VPN Server

  • From the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client app windows select the 'Connection' tab, and click Disconnect button

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