Remote Access

Employees of Fairmont State University can use AnyConnect to work remotely through VPN (virtual private network) when necessary to complete their work. The first step to remote access, however, is being granted the required permissions, provided by IT. Requests for remote access permissions must come from the employee's supervisor or dean. Please send requests to Instructions for installation and use are below.

Installing AnyConnect Client

  1. Begin installation off-campus. Go here to begin the download. PLEASE NOTE: AnyConnect will not download when using the Edge browser.
  2. Select Employee and use your Fairmont State account username to log in.
  3. Select the AnyConnect bar on the left.
  4. Select Start AnyConnect.  The installation should automatically start. If not, select download.
  5. AnyConnect should now be installed and will show Connection Established.
  6. You can log off and close the browser.  In the status bar, you will still see you are connected; AnyConnect is now separate from the browser.
  7. You can right-click the AnyConnect icon on the status bar and select Disconnect or Quit.


Starting AnyConnect Client

  1. Launch the AnyConnect client by going to Start > All Programs > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. You can create a desktop shortcut from here by right-clicking on Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client > Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). Alternatively, you can search "Anyconnect" from the search bar to locate it quickly.
  2. Open AnyConnect and enter in the space provided. Click Connect.
  3. Select Employees.
  4. Log in using your Fairmont State account username and password.


Employees of Fairmont State University can use Windows Remote Desktop Connection to access their office computers from home when necessary to complete their work. In order to access your office computer from home, you must follow the steps below from that computer before you plan to work at home. If you do not have administrative rights to follow these steps on your office machine, please contact the Tech Commons so one of our staff can assist you.

Remote Desktop Connection

In your office:

  1. Go to the Start menu and select My Computer or This PC.
  2. Click System Properties. Make a note or take a photo of your Computer name; you will need this information later when connecting remotely.
  3. Choose Remote settings or Remote Desktop from the menu on the left.
  4. Select the radio button that says “Allow connections…” or "Enable Remote Desktop". Click Apply, and then click OK. In Windows 10, click Confirm.
  5. Leave your office computer turned on (but locked) when you leave work.

At home:

Once you have connected your home computer or laptop to AnyConnect VPN client, follow these instructions to connect to your office desktop.

  1. Go to the Start menu. If you are using a computer with Windows 7, select All Programs.
  2. Click on the Accessories folder and select Remote Desktop Connection. Alternatively, you can search "Remote Desktop Connection" using the search option.
  3. A new box should open up that says Remote Desktop Connection at the top. Click the arrow at the bottom left to Show Options.
  4. First type the name of your office computer into the space provided (example: LB126-A96BC.FAIRMONTSTATE.EDU). Make sure to include (dot)FAIRMONTSTATE(dot)EDU at the end of your computer name or you will not be able to connect using a personal computer.
  5. Next, type FAIRMONTSTATE\yourusername into the User name field. Make sure you include FAIRMONTSTATE(backslash) before your username or you will not be able to connect using your account.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. A warning will appear that says "The identity of this computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?" Click yes. You can select the option "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer" to prevent seeing this notification every time.
  8. Wait for your desktop to load.