VPN - Installing Cisco Secure Client on your Windows PC

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This software should already be installed on campus issued and managed laptops and desktop computers. If your campus issued laptop or desktop PC is missing the Cisco Secure Client software please open a support ticket. You will not be able to install the software yourself without the assistance of Desktop Support.

The below guide is for installing the VPN client on personal devices.

Follow these directions to install the Cisco Secure Client software for Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your PC. A valid New Paltz username and password is necessary to complete this process:

Step 1: To begin, use your web browser to go to vpn.newpaltz.edu.

Step 2: Choose "Split - Home Computers" from the Group pull down and click Login:

Screenshot of Duo group selection page

Step 3: A login window will come up.  Login with your New Paltz username & password (as you do on other college systems like Office 365 or my.newpaltz.edu).

Step 4: You'll be prompted to download the Windows VPN application.  Click Download for Windows.
Locate the downloaded file and left-click to open:

  • In Chrome, the downloaded file will appear at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
  • In Firefox, the downloaded file will appear at the top right-hand corner of your screen (download arrow icon).

Step 5: Run the downloaded installer.

On the bottom right hand side of the webpage with the "Download for Windows" button is another button for Instructions. Click it for more detailed instructions on how to download and install the software.


Step 6: Accept the license agreement and proceed with the default options for the installation.


After the application is installed, see the link below for instructions on using the application:

VPN - Using Cisco Secure Client

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