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VPN for PC

System requirements: Windows


Configuring VPN for the Windows 32 Bit Operating System Personal Computers

How to Get:

  1. Download these setup files:

    1. UTA VPN Profile: UTA.pcf  Right click and "Save Target As..."  Save file to your desktop, My Documents, or any where you can locate.

    2. VPN Install Files - Windows: vpnclient-win-5.0.04

    3. You will be prompted to enter your NetID and password.
  2. Click Unzip whenever prompted.  If a DOS box appears, DO NOT close this out as the software is installing the necessary VPN adapter.
  3. Click on Finish and when prompted select Yes to restart your machine.


How to Use:

  1. When your computer finishes rebooting, click Start, select All Programs, choose Cisco Systems VPN Client and then finally select VPN Client.

  2. Click on Import and import the UTA.PCF file from the location you saved it in the first step. 

    ***Manual VPN Settings***

    If there is no entry listed for UTA in the VPN program, click New and enter the following information in the required fields:

    • Connection Entry: UTA

    • Description: UTA

    • Host:

    Select Group Authentication and enter:

    • Name: default

    • Password: UTAsecret

    • Confirm Password: UTAsecret

  3. Select the UTA entry from the Connection Entry list and then click Connect.  If there is no UTA entry, please manually configure the connection using the instructions at the bottom of this page.


  4. When prompted to, enter your NetID (in all lower case letters) and current password and click OK. You may need to put uta\ in front of your NetID.


  5. After successful negotiation with the VPN server you should be greeted with a Banner message.  Click Continue to do just that.


Note: Notice the yellow padlock icon in the lower right hand corner in your system tray.  The padlock should be closed indicating that you are connected. This is also how you can disconnect from the VPN connection.


Important Note:

  • You will notice that under Network Connections you now have an additional adapter - the LAN adapter for the Cisco Systems VPN Adapter.  Do NOT remove this.


Disconnecting from VPN



  1. To disconnect from your VPN session, right-click on the yellow padlock icon in your system tray and selectDisconnect.


  1. When disconnected, the yellow padlock should be unlocked as pictured below:


Related Information

After connecting to the VPN you have a secure tunnel to the University and can perform operations such as:

Mapping network drives

Connect to Your Work Machine Using Microsoft Remote Desktop
Cisco VPN Release Notes
To view the Cisco release notes for VPN client Release 5.0.00 through Release 5.0.01 click here.

Known Issues:

  • If you are experiencing problems with this version of the Cisco VPN Client, you may want to consider Cisco VPN AnyConnect, which is compatible with 64-bit operating systems
  • You may need to put uta\ in front of your NetID.