Connecting to University of Minnesota VPN with Ubuntu / NetworkManager native client


January 1, 2018

I had a devilish time this morning connecting to UofM VPN on my Ubuntu 16.04 system. The official Cisco AnyConnect client available for download from OIT’s webpage is out of date and insists on updating itself upon first connection to the server, but the update process failed, so the client couldn’t be used.

With some poking around and experimentation, I was able to get the native VPN connection client available through Ubuntu 16.04’s NetworkManager stuff to connect up and work just fine. Here is the configuration.

  1. Create a new connection of type Cisco Compatible VPNScreenshot of creating a new Cisco compatible connection
  2. Enter the following settings in the window that appears and click Save (the defaults under Advanced seem to all just work):Screenshot of UofM VPN Settings
  3. Connect to this new VPN connection by selecting it from the network connections menu in the system tray:Screenshot of network connections menu showing new VPN connection
  4. A dialog box will appear asking for your password and the “Group Password.” Provide your Internet ID password in the Password box, and enter S3cur1ty! in the Group Password box. (from
  5. Click OK, and your VPN connection should be established!