Connecting to the VCU VPN With 2-Factor Authentication (for Koti login)
NOTE: These instructions assume that you have already enrolled phone or another device in the VCU VPN system, have installed the Cisco AnyConnect client software onto your computer, and are familiar with logging in to the VPN system. Instructions for these are located at VPN Setup Instructions.
When you are ready to connect to the VCU VPN (just before logging in to Koti), launch the Cisco AnyConnect program.
The following screen will appear (the screens shown here are for Windows; displays for the Mac are slightly different):
In this screen, type the address ramsvpn.vcu.edu/duo in the text box, as shown above. (If you have previously connected to the VPN with Cisco, this address may already be displayed in the text box.)
Then click the Connect button.
The following screen will appear:
In this screen, enter your VCU eID and password and secondary password that you usually use when connecting to the VCU VPN. Then click the OK button.
When your enrolled phone or device rings or prompts you, respond as you usually do. You should then see the following screen displayed:
If you accept the terms stated in this screen, click the Accept button.
After a brief pause, you should see the following screen, stating that you are connected to ramsvpn.vcu.edu/duo:
The 2-factor authentication procedure is complete, and you are now connected to the VCU VPN. If desired, you may close the above screen (you will remain connected to the VPN).
You may now log in to Koti, using your usual SSH or other software (see Koti Account Info for more information).
- You must remain connected to the VPN for the duration of your Koti session. If you disconnect from the VPN prematurely (as described below), you will also be immediately logged out of Koti.
- When you logout from Koti, you remain connected to the VPN. Thus, you may log in to Koti again without having to re-connect to the VPN.
- There is a 2-hour inactivity timeout on Koti. If there is no activity in your Koti session for 2 hours (approximately), you will be logged out of Koti. You will, however, remain connected to the VPN, so you can immediately log back into Koti if desired.
To disconnect from the VPN: After you finish your Koti session and logout from Koti, you may disconnect from the VPN by clicking the Disconnect button in the above screen. If you had closed that screen, just re-launch the Cisco AnyConnect program, and the screen will redisplay.
You can also control your VPN connection by left-clicking or right-clicking the Cisco icon that appears on your desktop screen. In Windows, this icon is displayed in the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop screen. In the Macintosh, it is displayed in the menu bar at the top of the desktop screen. This icon is only displayed while the Cisco AnyConnect program is running.
This article was updated: 04/27/2020