Cisco AnyConnect - VPN taking over entire internet connection

Hi experts,

I connect to VPN to a clients environment via Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.  Once connected I then remote desktop into the machine at the client and I can work etc.

Whenever I do this I lose all internet access from the laptop I connect through at my home.  So I can't have an email client running locally as it will not connect to email server.  I can't minimize the remote desktop and browse internet with a local browser.  It's like it completely takes over my internet for some reason.

So I created a new VM via VMWare and thought I would just use the VM to vpn into the client as the VM should share the internet connection.   To my surprise, even when I do that, the internet will not work on my local machine.  The VM completely takes over my entire internet once I connect to Cisco AnyConnect.

I figure this is probably security related but is there anywhere or any setting I can do so it shares the connection?

Or in VMWare something where it won't allow it to take over entire connection?

Thanks for any inisight.
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BAYCCSConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This sounds like a setup with the vpn, have your admin check to see if split tunneling is setup on the ASA.
JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Make sure Split Tunneling is ON and if you are connecting to PPTP, consider trying IP Sec.

I use VPN (Split Tunneling) and I use Internet simultaneously all the time.
Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
As pointed out this is default behaviour :)
Cisco ASA – Enable Split Tunnel for IPSEC / SSLVPN / AnyConnect Clients
And as you point out it's a security feature, you cant fix it at the client end, it needs to be enabled on the 'head-end' (Cisco ASA or ISR).

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elwayisgodAuthor Commented:
Thanks for comments.  I'll ask the question, but I think I know what they are going to tell me :)
elwayisgodAuthor Commented:
OK.  New information as I was incorrect in my testing.

  1. When I connect to vpn client in the VM only and not via my host, it does share the connection.  So I can minimize the VMWare Workstation and use my laptop as normal.   I can browse internet etc.   I tested sending emails back and forth between my personal email client and the companies email within the vpn connection.
  2. When I connect vpn directly from my laptop withiout using the VM i created, it takes over entire connection.

Thus, I believe I'm good to go as this was my goal.  Use a VM to vpn to client system and not lose my connection to my personal email.

Thanks for all the replies as I know when I ask them if they can allow tunneling, they will tell me to go fly a kite :)
elwayisgodAuthor Commented:
Really confused on how to award equal points here.   I think something has changed since I have used EE last.  I'll revert to first response on this one until I figure this out.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and I was happy to help you.  Yes EE has changed the way questions work. You can check their help documentation.
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