Virtual Private Network (VPN) Guide

The SF State VPN provides a secure way for faculty and staff to access protected on-campus resources using their SF State ID and Password. Connect to the VPN each time you need access to protected resources.

Connect to the SF State VPN using the AnyConnect Web client that launches in most Web browsers.

Alert:  Using web authentication to run or install the Cisco AnyConnect Client results in the warning “Cookies must be enabled to log in.”  This warning should be ignored and immediately authenticating a second time will work.  ITS is working to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.






Web-based VPN access under Mac OS X is currently unreliable. Please install the MacOS VPN client manually. If you are unable to use the Web-based AnyConnect client please follow the manual instructions:




Use the SF State Virtual Private Network (VPN) Account Authorization form to obtain the required management authorization to create and or modify a VPN account to access restricted campus network resources.

Current faculty and staff have automatic VPN access and should use the VPN form to request access to specific VPN groups. Third party vendor staff and SF State students need to fill out the SF State Virtual Private Network (VPN) Account Authorization form.

Note: An SF State ID is required to create a VPN account for a user. All faculty, staff and students have an SF State ID. If the (vendor) user does not have an SF State ID, the sponsoring department should contact Human Resources to have the vendor added to the system.