Cisco AnyConnect VPN

Remote Access Virtual Private Networking (VPN) 

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) facilitates secure remote access connection by providing access to the University campus network which would otherwise be shielded by our firewall. With an active VPN connection you can access networked data repositories that would normally be inaccessible, e.g. departmental and personal drives.

Note: the VPN service is not an Internet Connection, it creates a secure connection to the University network using your existing Internet connection. VPN servers employ encryption and other security measures to ensure that any data sent on the Internet will not be intercepted.

Who can use this service?

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students**

**The VPN service is currently available for students use, however, all the student systems are securely accessible online and students do not require VPN service to access student systems.

If you require the VPN service, then please get in contact with IT user support at guqhelpcenter@georgetown.edu.

How do I access the VPN service? 

Cisco AnyConnect software is installed by default on all the GU-Q issued laptops. 

The following instructions provide details on how to install and setup the Cisco AnyConnect VPN application on your personal device.

Installing and connecting to the GU-Q VPN

GU-Q issued laptops will have Cisco AnyConnect installed by default. Follow these instructions if you want to install the application on your personal device.

1. Go to https://guqvpn.qatar.georgetown.edu/GUQ-Off-Campus  and login with your NetID and password. Follow the prompts to download the Cisco AnyConnect software ​​​​

Image showing a login screen

2. Open the downloaded application and follow the instructions and install the software.

3. Once you have installed the client and restarted your computer, you are now ready to connect to the GU-Q VPN. Run the application by double clicking on the Cisco AnyConnect icon on the desktop

Icon for the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN software

4. Or from the system tray

Image highlighting the Cisco VPN software in the Windows taskbar tray

5. In the following window please enter guqvpn.qatar.georgetown.edu and click on Connect”

Image highlighting the location to enter the VPN address

6. Select GUQ-Off-Campus profile and enter your NetID and password.

Image highlighting the specific group to select to connect to the VPN

You should now receive the DUO two factor authentication push notification on your Smartphone to complete the VPN logon process. 

You have now successfully connected to the Georgetown VPN. When you connection is successful the Cisco AnyConnect icon in the system tray should have a padlock similar to the screenshot below

Image highlighting the connected icon for the Cisco VPN in the Windows system tray

Please note the first time you connect your client may update itself, after the update a restart is needed.

GU-Q issued laptops will have Cisco AnyConnect installed by default. Follow these instructions if you want to install the application on your personal device.

1. Go to https://guqvpn.qatar.georgetown.edu/GUQ-Off-Campus and login with your NetID and password. Follow the prompts to download the Cisco AnyConnect software

Image showing a login screen

2. Install the application and enter your Mac password if it asks for your permission

3.During the installation it will ask you to allow AnyConnect to continue the installation:

  • Open system Preferences
  • Allow Cisco AnyConnect to finish the installation.
    Image showing the process of installing the Cisco VPN software on a Mac

4. Once installed, you can find the AnyConnect in the Cisco folder under Applications

Image showing the Cisco VPN installed on a Mac

5. Run Cisco AnyConnect and type the following link in the empty space – guqvpn.qatar.georgetown.edu

Image showing the Cisco VPN client ready to connect on a Mac

6. Enter you Mac Password to allow you to connect for the first time

Image showing the VPN client asking for the password on a Mac

7. Select GUQ-Off-Campus profile

Image showing the group to be selected to connect to the VPN on a Mac

8. Enter your Net ID and Password in the subsequent prompt

Image showing the connection screen of the Cisco VPN on a Mac

9.You should now receive the DUO two factor authentication push notification on your Smartphone to complete the VPN logon process. You have now successfully connected to the Georgetown VPN

1. Install Cisco AnyConnect from the Apple App Store by clicking on this link – https://apps.apple.com/app/cisco-anyconnect/id1135064690

2. Tap OPEN when the installation has completed

Image showing the Cisco VPN app in the Apple App Store

3. If you see the following message, tap Allow

Image showing the Cisco VPN app asking to allow notifications on iOS and iPadOS

4. Tap on Connections

Image highlighting the Connections tab in the Cisco VPN app on iOS and iPadOS

5. In the ‘Add VPN Connection’ screen, perform the following:

  • Add a description (e.g., GUQ-Off-Campus ) in the Description field
  • Enter guqvpn.qatar.georgetown.edu in the Server Address field
  • Tap Save

6. Tap on Allow to add the new VPN configuration

Image showing the Cisco VPN app asking to add the configurations on iOS and iPadOS

7. In the next screen, you’ll see GUQ Off Campus VPN added to your connection list, as shown below

  • Tap on Guq Off Campus VPN
  • Enter you Net ID in Username
  • Enter Your Net ID Password in Password
Image showing the configuration settings screen of the Cisco VPN app on iOS and iPadOS

8. You should now receive the DUO two factor authentication push notification on your Smartphone to complete the VPN logon process. You have now successfully connected to the Georgetown VPN

1. Download and install the Cisco AnyConnect app from the Google Play Store by clicking on this link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cisco.anyconnect.vpn.android.avf​​​​​​

Image showing the Cisco VPN app in the Google Play Store

2. Open the application after it has been installed

Image showing the Cisco VPN app icon on an Android OS

3. Accept all the notifications and allow AnyConnect to make and mange phone calls

Image showing the process of initial setup of the Cisco VPN app on Android

4. After this press the Connection tab and press Add New VPN Connection

Image showing the process of setting up the Cisco VPN app on Android

5. Press on Description and Type GUQ Off Campus then press OK

Image showing the description of the VPN setting of the Cisco VPN app on Android

6. Press on Server Address and type the following: guqvpn.qatar.georgetown.edu

7. Then press ok​​​

Image showing the server address of the Cisco VPN app on Android

8. Press Done

Image showing the final configuration settings of the Cisco VPN app on Android

9. To connect to the VPN, press the On button beside AnyConnect VPN. Press OK at the prompt and enter your NetID as the username and your NetID password

Image showing the connection process of the Cisco VPN app on Android

10. You should now receive the DUO two factor authentication push notification on your Smartphone to complete the VPN logon process. You have now successfully connected to the Georgetown VPN

Image showing the Cisco VPN app connected to the GU-Q VPN on Android