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SSL VPN Pulse Secure for Windows


  1. You no longer need to request a VPN account to use Pulse Secure.
  2. You will need administrative rights/privileges for the program installation on your machine. Consult your Local IT Support Provider if you do not have admin access to your computer.

Download the program

  1. Go to the Pulse Secure download page.

  2. Download the version of Pulse Secure for your operating system.

    Note: The FAQ has supported operating systems listed.


  1. Open the client installer file then click Run at the prompt.

  2. Click Next.

    Pulse Secure Installation

  3. At the "Ready to install Pulse Secure" screen, click Install. Click Yes to the User Access Control message.

    Pulse Secure Installation

  4. At the end of installation, a window will appear on top of the screen below. Simply wait until the window disappears, then click Finish.

    Pulse Secure Installatioin

Set Up Your Connection

After the software is installed, set up your VPN connection.

  1. Open Pulse Secure. You can go to Start, then type Pulse Secure. For Windows 8.1 and 10, you can right-click the icon and click "Pin to Start" or "Pin to Taskbar."

  2. Click the + to add a new connection.

    Pulse Secure Setup

  3. Enter the information below on the "Add Connection" prompt then click Add. updatez

    Vanderbilt University SSL VPN:

    Type: Policy Secure (UAC) or Connect Secure (VPN)
    Name: VUIT SSL VPN
    Server URL:

    Pulse Secure setup - VU

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center SSL VPN:

    Type: Policy Secure (UAC) or Connect Secure (VPN)
    Server URL: (beginning October 19, 2016)

    Pulse Secure setup - VUMC

These instructions take effect after 11/2/16


On November 2, 2016 VUMC IT will perform a change to the SSL VPN that will require Medical Center users to use a new VPN connection.  This is being performed as part of the multi-factor authentication project.  Beginning this fall, VUMC IT will shift to a more robust, secure multi-factor authentication (MFA) service in order to allow mobile devices to act as a token when users externally access the Vanderbilt network.  MFA will require that users connect via a separate VPN connection. 

To add the new connection, do the following:

  1. Open the Junos PulseSecure client
  2. Click on the, "+" in the right-hand corner
  3. In the Name field type, "VUMC IT SSL VPN"
  4. In the Server URL type, ""
  5. Then click on, "Connect" to validate the connection

To remove the old VPN connection, do the following:

  1. Click on the connection named, "VUIT SSL VPN" (may have a different name)
  2. Click on the, "X" in the right-hand corner
  3. Click, "OK" to the prompt to remove the connection

By the end of 2016, all external connections to virtual desktops (vAWS and vCWS) and VPN access within the Vanderbilt network will require the use of MFA connection (for which the mobile device is an acceptable token) and the new SSL VPN connection. Beginning in September, tokens may be requested through Pegasus, and VUMC IT will provide the first token.

For more information, regarding the SSL VPN please visit

For more information, regarding the MFA project please visit multi-factor authentication information page or email

Connect to VPN

  1. Click Connect on your new connection.

    Connect to VPN

  2. Enter your VUnetID and ePassword at the prompt. Click Connect. It is recommended not to check the "Save settings" option for security reasons.

    Connect to VPN

  3. The VPN access policy will display next. Read the policy and click Proceed.

    Connect to VPN

  4. It will take a few seconds to connect.
    Connect to VPN
  5. You should be connected. To verify, check for the Pulse Secure icon in the system tray.

    Connect to VPN

  6. To disconnect from Pulse Secure, click on the application window and click Disconnect.

    Disconnect from VPN

    Alternately, right-click the system tray icon, select the VPN connection, and click Disconnect.

    Disconnect from VPN

Disabling Pulse Secure Autostart

Windows 7

  1. Go to Start. In the search bar, type "msconfig", then hit enter.

  2. Click on Startup and deselect Pulse Secure.

  3. Click Apply, then OK.

Windows 8.1 and 10

  1. Go to Start, then type "Task Manager".

  2. Click on More Details if you see the screen below.

    Task Manager

  3. Click the Startup tab. Click on Pulse Secure User Interface, then click the Disable button.

    Task Manager

  4. Click X to exit.

Last Modified: 2016-09-30