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AnyConnect for OS X

Note General

Some restricted services of the University or the State and University Library can only be used when you are on campus, so that the computer you use has an address from the area assigned to the University.

To access these services from home or on the road, you must install a so-called VPN client software (AnyConnect or OpenConnect) on your computer once and establish a connection to the campus with the VPN client before each access to the restricted services. This means that you are "virtually" on campus and can use the services you are used to.

Please note the different types of tunnels and make sure you choose the correct tunnel.

Note: To access the resources of the State and University Library (SuUB) you have to select the tunnel 'Tunnel-all-Traffic'.

Note Openconnect

If the application or configuration does not work, there is still the option of using the OpenConnect Client, which is not officially supported by us: www.infradead.org/openconnect/

Please note that we cannot provide support for OpenConnect.

Preliminary note

Note for customers of Vodafone / Kabel Deutschland
If you have problems with the VPN connection, try to enter "vpn.uni-bremen.de/nodtls" as server URL instead of "vpn.uni-bremen.de".

 

Troubleshooting help can be found below.

Note for users of MacOS version 10.12 and lower

For users of MacOS versions 10.12 and lower we offer a non supported version of an old anyconnect client:

https://www.wlan.uni-bremen.de/vpn/anyconnect-macos-4.4.dmg

 

Should the above download not work, consider using the unofficial OpenConnect client:

http://macappstore.org/openconnect/

Note for users of MacOS versions 10.13 and above

To install AnyConnect you have to change the settings of the gatekeeper first. 

Open the settings of the Mac OS device you want to use the VPN with.

Choose under Security - General. 

Click on the lock in the lower left corner and enter your password. 

Now select "Allow apps download from" and choose "App Store and verified developers". 

You can find further information on this at:https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202491

Initial Setup - Step 1

Make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet (or to the WLAN with the "Uni-Bremen" ID). Open the website https://vpn.uni-bremen.de, log in with your university account and then download the installation file for AnyConnect.

Then open the downloaded archive and open the.pkg file contained in it.

Initial Setup - Step 2

You are informed that the program wants to install a program. Confirm this by clicking on "Continue".

Initial Setup - Step 3

Then click on "Continue" on the first dialog page.

Initial Setup - Step 4

Read the license terms and then click on "Continue".

Initial Setup - Step 5

You will be asked to accept or decline the license terms. If you accept the conditions, click on "Agree", otherwise on "Disagree".


If you do not agree with the terms and conditions, it is unfortunately not possible to use the VPN service.

Initial Setup - Step 6

You now have the opportunity to specify the location of the installation. This is not necessary in most cases, so you can simply click on "Install".


The installation then takes place without any further action on your part.

Initial Setup - Step 7

Select the hard disk on which the software is to be installed (probably "Macintosh HD") and click "Continue".

Initial Setup - Step 8

Uncheck all packages except "VPN". These software modules are not necessary for a successful connection and can even be disturbing.


Then click on "Continue".

Initial Setup - Step 9

Start the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, e.g. via the Finder.

Initial Setup - Step 10

Open the menu "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client" and click on "Preferences".

Initial Setup - Step 11

Check "Enable local LAN access (if configured)". This allows you to access resources on your local network (such as printers or file shares) even when the VPN connection is activated.


Then close the window.

Connect - Step 1

Start the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, e.g. via the Finder.

Connect - Step 2

Enter "vpn.uni-bremen.de" in the "Connect to" field, if it is not already filled in, and click on "Select".

Connect - Step 3

Enter the access data for your university account in form of username and password. The access data cannot be saved and must be entered again for each connection.


Finally select the correct tunnel type under "Group" and confirm with "Connect" The program should now establish the connection.
 

Note: To access the
resources of the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SuUB) you have to
Select Tunnel 'Tunnel-all-Traffic'.

Disconnect connection

If you no longer need the connection, click on the AnyConnect icon in the panel and select "Disconnect".

Troubleshooting

I can't download the installation file and get the message "Forbidden" instead.

 

  • Not all university users can access the VPN service. In particular, alumni are excluded from use.
  • If you are a regular member of the university (e. g. a regular student or employee) or SuUB staff member, please contact the Account Manager to have your account assignments checked.

During installation, the error message "The vpn client agent was unable to create the interprocess communication depot." appears

  • This error message is triggered by an activated Internet connection sharing. Deactivate the network adapter's share in the adapter settings and try the installation again.

I have successfully established a VPN connection, but can't use the library services?

  • If you want to use services that are enabled for the network area of the University of Bremen but are not "hosted" in the network area of the university (publishers are an example here), then you have to change the group from "Tunnel-Uni-Bremen" to "Tunnel-all-Traffic" when setting up a connection. For a detailed explanation please read the page VPN-Tunnelarten.
  • ATTENTION: With this option, all traffic is now routed through the tunnel. Please leave the tunnel activated with this option only as long as it is needed for working.