Activate Windows with the Cisco VPN

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN application is included on your OISE laptop. Use the Cisco VPN AnyConnect app to activate Windows, and to connect to University supported applications such as ROSI, AMS and many U of T services that might not otherwise be available through the Internet.

How to Connect to the VPN

Launch Cisco AnyConnect on Your PC

  • In Windows, select Start, and scroll through the programs list until you see the Cisco folder.
  • Select the Cisco folder, then select Cisco AnyConnect Client to open Cisco

In the Cisco AnyConnect software:

  • Enter as the address.
  • Select Connect.
Cisco AnyConnect

Enter your UTORid and password.

An authentication window will appear. When you are prompted, login to the VPN:

  • Leave the Group at the default setting of UofT Full.
  • In the Username field enter your UTORid and password.
  • Select OK.
Cisco login prompt

You are now connected

  • The VPN software will indicate Connected to…
  • The Cisco AnyConnect icon in the Windows System Tray will show a globe with a lock over it.


Windows and Office should activate automatically within two hours.

To verify Windows is activate you can check by going to Start > System > System information, and look for the Windows activation status near the bottom of the window.

Additional Support

Online Service Hub

Visit our online service hub to submit a ticket for technical problems, or to make a request for IT support or resources. 

Virtual Service & Support

Drop-in on Zoom to connect with an Education Commons expert.

Monday to Friday
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Book a Consultation

Make an appointment to talk with an Education Commons expert at a time that works for you.