How do I connect to VPN?

Alert: HUIT VPN will require HarvardKey two-step verification after September 28, 2016.

Activate two-step verification >

Connect to VPN with two-step verification > 

  1. Connect to http://vpn.fas.harvard.edu for FAS Users or http://vpn.harvard.edu for Central Admin and other users.
  2. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client will automatically download and install on your PC or Mac, and initiate the first connection.
  3. The client should automatically enter the name of the server you connect to, but if it doesn't, just enter vpn.fas.harvard.edu for FAS users or vpn.harvard.edu for everyone else.


    For FAS Users:

    VPN selection for FAS users


    For All Other Users:

    ca vpn
     
  4. Hit Connect. VPN will connect to the VPN server and ask you to authenticate. To connect to VPN, you need to know your HUID/password and, if applicable, your tunnel[1].
    1. For FAS users (vpn.fas.harvard.edu) enter your HUID and your HarvardKey password. (If you have not yet claimed your HarvardKey, enter your HUID password.)

      fas vpn

    2. For Central Administration and other users, enter your HUID into the username field followed by ‘@’ and tunnel name (username@tunnel). Enter your HarvardKey password as the passcode. (If you have not yet claimed your HarvardKey, enter your HUID password.) For example:

      ca vpn

  5. Once you connect successfully, the login window will disappear and  you will notice a VPN lock icon in the system tray on Windows computers or in the menu bar on Mac OS computers.
  6. You can now connect to Harvard resources.

[1] A tunnel is a limited VPN connection that restricts access to certain organizational or group resources. Usually your group administrator or local IT contact will know if you need to use a specific tunnel to login to VPN.