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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

In earlier verions of Cisco VPN client (with VPN concentrator) we had the option to define Group password.

With anyconnect (SSL or IPSec, not browser based) there is no provision for that. How can I compensate this in

anyconnect since only the username and passwords are being used for establishing the vpn?

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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

I believe that the issue with this approach is how to prevent a user who should be in one group from logging in and choosing a different group on the login screen. The usual way to deal with this is with the group lock parameter. Group lock works if the users are authenticated using the ASA local user database. I got it to work when users are authenticated via Radius. I did not see a way to get TACACS to pass the group ID to the ASA and so am not sure that group lock will work when authenticating via TACACS.

HTH

Rick

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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

If I understand your question correctly you are looking for a way with the AnyConnect client to configure (or enforce) a group password that is shared with everyone in the group. A customer that I work with had this same question a while back. We came to the understanding that AnyConnect does not have the same concept of a group password that is shared by everyone in the group and that there is no way to have this functionality with AnyConnect client.

HTH

Rick

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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

So what is the best way with Anyconnect to distribute a unique profile to each group. I have a unique ACL's per VPN group.

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You can associate the client XML profile with a group policy which in turn is associated with a connection profile and it will be downloaded to the client upon connecting.

Have a look at this link:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/vpn_client/anyconnect/anyconnect30/administration/guide/ac02asaconfig.html#wp1086782

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Re: Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

"it will be downloaded to the client upon connecting."

a) How can I force particular department to download only the specific profile and not what they wish? Let's say SALES department should be able to download only the SALES profile and IT DEPT the IT profile.

b) As an admin I would like to have all the profiles listed on my PC. How can I achieve this?

Re: Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

I think I may have misunderstood you in the begining.  Are we talking about the XML client profiles or the connection profiles?  It now sounds like you mean the connection profiles.

A).  You can map the connection profile to the user thus only enabling them to use that connection profile.  If they choose a different profile they will not be granted access.

username cisco attributes

group-lock value

B). If you want all the profiles to show up so you can select them when you connect you would need to allow users to select connection profile.  This will be enabled for everyone eventhough they will only be able to connect to one specific profile.

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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

How are your unique ACLs being assigned now? Are they coded and assigned in the ASA as part of the connection profile? Are they assigned by the authentication server? You probably can assign them the same way in AnyConnect.

The real issue with AnyConnect is the opportunity for a user to see other groups and to attempt to login as a member of the other group (and get access privileges of the other group). And the group-lock feature is how you would control which group the user is allowed to login to.

HTH

Rick

Re: Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

You can also  issue identity certificates to the users and based on the content of the certificate, the user can be mapped to a specific profile.  This does get a bit more complicated, but it is an option.

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Re: Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

My current profile is on VPN concentrator nothing is defined thru AAA server. The login is integratd with TACACS/Active Directory.

I have a small setup, to make it simple, I will create client profile for each group using the profile editor. Place the XML profile file in the profile directory and run the anyconnect client installation manually. Am I following the right method?

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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

I believe that the issue with this approach is how to prevent a user who should be in one group from logging in and choosing a different group on the login screen. The usual way to deal with this is with the group lock parameter. Group lock works if the users are authenticated using the ASA local user database. I got it to work when users are authenticated via Radius. I did not see a way to get TACACS to pass the group ID to the ASA and so am not sure that group lock will work when authenticating via TACACS.

HTH

Rick

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Re: Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

Thank You,

Is it possible to deploy GINA package (SBL) thru web deployment on the client?

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Cisco VPN Anyconnect Group Password

Yes it is possible to deploy thru web deployment the GINA/SBL package. I have a customer who is doing this and it works pretty well.

HTH

Rick

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