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Cisco AnyConnect VPN – Start Before Logon

In updated versions of the Cisco AnyConnect Client, Windows users are able to connect to the UVM VPN prior to logging into their domain-joined UVM computer via the Start-Before-Logon (SBL) feature. This feature is especially useful in cases where configurations for UVM computers are only applied as part of a logon, though it can also be a convenience for remote users.

Note about connecting from on-campus

On-campus users in the BASIC VPN groups do not need to connect to VPN as long as they are connected to Eduroam or the UVM wired or wireless networks.

Windows PCs only

The Start Before Login feature does not exist on computers running macOS.

Signing Into VPN Before Logon

Option 1: nosaml

  1. While fully logged out of Windows, click the leftmost button in the bottom right corner with Network sign-in as the hovertext.
    Network sign-in hovertext

    Not seeing this icon?

    If you don’t see the Network Sign-in icon, please reboot your computer. You may also need to update your Cisco AnyConnect client.

  2. Change the URL to sslvpn2.uvm.edu/nosaml and click Connect.
    nosaml VPN path
  3. Enter your UVM NetID in the Username field, enter the Duo multi-factor authentication method you’d like to use in the Password field, enter your NetID password in the Second Password field, and click OK.nosaml credential fields
    The Duo multi-factor authentication method choices are as follows:

    1. push” (preferred): This method sends a push notification to your cell phone or tablet where you must tap Approve.
      Duo Push Notification with Approve button highlighted
    2. Passcode from app (ex. “123456“): For this method, open the Duo Mobile app on your cell phone or tablet, tap the Show button within the University of Vermont account box, and type the six digit code shown into the Password field on your computer screen.
      Duo Mobile Passcode
    3. SMS“: This method sends a text message to your phone that includes ten passcodes. Enter any one of those six-digit codes into the box that appears on the computer screen. Each passcode can only be used once, and generating new codes renders all previous codes obsolete.
    4. call“: This method prompts a phone call that you must answer and follow the instructions from the voice on the other end.
  4. If required, proceed through the Duo MFA prompts.
  5. Click Accept. If you do not see this screen, it’s possible you entered your username or password incorrectly, your Multi-Factor Authentication method failed, or you don’t have access to the VPN and must request it at go.uvm.edu/vpnrequest.Authorized Users Accept button
  6. To verify you are successfully connected, you will see the option to Disconnect when you hover over this icon in the bottom right corner. Don’t click it. Disconnect icon indicating VPN connecting
  7. Sign in to your computer as usual and you will find the VPN already connected.

Option 2: sbl

  1. While fully logged out of Windows, click the leftmost button in the bottom right corner with Network sign-in as the hovertext.
    Network sign-in hovertext

    Not seeing this icon?

    If you don’t see the Network Sign-in icon, please reboot your computer. You may also need to update your Cisco AnyConnect client.

  2. Change the URL to sslvpn2.uvm.edu/sbl and click Connect.
    sbl VPN URL
  3. Enter your UVM NetID in the Username field and your NetID password in the Password field, and click OK.sbl VPN credential window
    Optionally, specify the DUO method you’d like to use by adding a comma (“,“) and then the chosen method after your NetID password in the Password field:

    1. none (preferred): This method sends a push notification to your cell phone or tablet where you must tap Approve, and is achieved by entering your NetID and password with nothing following it.
      Duo Push Notification with Approve button highlighted
    2. Passcode from app (ex. “password,123456“): For this method, open the Duo Mobile app on your cell phone or tablet, tap the Show button within the University of Vermont account box, and type the six digit code shown into the Password field after your password and a comma (“,“).
      Duo Mobile Passcode
    3. SMS (ex. “password,SMS“): This method sends a text message to your phone that includes ten passcodes. Enter any one of those six-digit codes into the box that appears on the computer screen. Each passcode can only be used once, and generating new codes renders all previous codes obsolete.
    4. call (ex. “password,call“): This method prompts a phone call that you must answer and follow the instructions from the voice on the other end.
  4. If required, proceed through the Duo MFA prompts.
  5. Click Accept. If you do not see this screen, it’s possible you entered your username or password incorrectly, your Multi-Factor Authentication method failed, or you don’t have access to the VPN and must request it at go.uvm.edu/vpnrequest.Authorized Users Accept button
  6. To verify you are successfully connected, you will see the option to Disconnect when you hover over this icon in the bottom right corner. Don’t click it. Disconnect icon indicating VPN connecting
  7. Sign in to your computer as usual and you will find the VPN already connected.

Updated on March 27, 2024

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