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Cisco iOS Provisioning Integration Guide (Certificate)


Use this guide to enable the provisioning of and certificate delivery to end-users' iOS devices to include Cisco VPN settings applied to the device(s) without manual input and to conduct Multi-Factor Authentication.

Settings that are delivered in a profile are bound together and cannot be removed in part by the end-user, creating front-end protection with a device PIN or passcode and control over the network through the VPN client and associated rules.


1. Have a Cisco VPN

2. Download the Apple Configurator to create iOS profiles

3. Create a New Realm for the iOS Cisco integration in the SecureAuth IdP Web Admin

4. Configure the following tabs in the Web Admin before configuring the Post Authentication tab:

  • Overview – the description of the realm and SMTP connections must be defined

  • Data – an enterprise directory must be integrated with SecureAuth IdP

  • Workflow – the way in which users will access this application must be defined

  • Multi-Factor Methods – the Multi-Factor Authentication methods that will be used to access this page (if any) must be defined

iOS Configuration Steps


1. Download the Apple Configurator from Apple

2. In the Supervise section under Settings, click the + button, and select Create New Profile...



3. In the General section, fill out the fields to describe the profile



4. In the VPN section, provide a Connection Name that displays on the device

5. Select IPsec (Cisco) from the Connection Type dropdown

6. Set the Hostname to the domain or IP address of the Cisco server

7. Select Certificate from the Machine Authentication dropdown

A prompt will appear to upload a certificate, but it is not required

The certificate will be delivered to the device through the SecureAuth IdP workflow

8. (OPTIONAL) Check Enable VPN On Demand to enable instant access to the VPN connection on the device without requiring manual entry or login

9. (OPTIONAL) Click the + button to add a domain or hostname in which VPN On Demand is enabled

10. (OPTIONAL) Edit the Domain or Hostname, and select the On Demand Action



Apple encourages more than one payload configuration. A good counterpart to the VPN configuration are the security settings that require a PIN be entered after the phone has been idle for a while.


11. In the Passcode section, configure preferred requirements for the PIN code applied to idle devices

12. Click Save


13. Select the new Cisco iOS Profile, and click Export

14. Uncheck Sign Configuration Profile

15. Click Save

SecureAuth IdP Configuration Steps

Post Authentication


1. In the Post Authentication section, select Create PFX (iPhone + VM) from the Authenticated User Redirect dropdown

2. An unalterable URL will be auto-populated in the Redirect To field, which will append to the domain name and realm number in the address bar (Authorized/CreatePFXtransfer.aspx)

3. A customized post authentication page can be uploaded, but it is not required

iPhone / Android


4. Select the preferred password method from the Private Key Setting dropdown

5. Click Choose File to Upload new 3.0+ Template, and select the new profile file


Click Save once the configurations have been completed and before leaving the Post Authentication page to avoid losing changes

Forms Auth / SSO Token

Optionally, in the Forms Auth / SSO Token section, click the View and Configure FormsAuth keys/SSO token link to configure the token/cookie settings and configure this realm for SSO.


Cisco Configuration Steps

Configure the ASA for a typical certificate-based IPSec or AnyConnect tunnel

Apple's VPN On Demand feature works only with certificate-based authentication; but if VPN On Demand is not enabled, Certificate plus AAA can be configured on the Apple Configurator