CIsoc IP Phone Using AnyConnect VPN Client on ASA

Posted on 2011-02-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I wonder if somebody was successful in configuring Anyconnect VPN Client on Cisco ASA in order to facilitate connections from remote Cisco IP Phones to Call Manager cluster. The solution is so purely explained on Cisco website. I spent few days already trying to make it work but I'm not getting anywhere.  Even CallManager configuration is not clear either. Thanks for help.
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orbistechnology earned 125 total points
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What model Cisco phone are you using?  

Anyconnect is SSL-based VPN.  Using self-signed certificates often causes us problems.  We always use a certificate from a CA and install it on the ASA.  

We have anyconnect setup per instructions from Cisco and have no issues with current model Cisco phones, using a well-known CA certificate on the ASA.

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I'm using Cisco IP Phones 7965 with firmware v9 and Call Manger v8. I'm kind new to VoIP so I'm struggling a bit.  Would you know where I can fine working configuration for ASA using CA? I've been trying to use self-signed certificate till now.
Thank you for help
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MikeKane earned 375 total points
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I've set this up for 2 clients.     As orbs said, you will need a CA Cert for the ASA.

Once the ASA is loaded, you will need to export the .pem for both the CA authority and the Asa cert.    These 2 pem files are uploaded to the call manager as Trusted-Phone-Cert in CM Servicability.

On the ASA, you create a new VPN profile for the phones.   Configure ip pool and auth.  The important part is setting a Group URL in the Profile's Clientless SSL section.    This URL will be used in call manager config.  

On the call manager side, you create a new Phone Profile.  Make sure the certs are loaded in CM.   Create a VPN gateway In here you add the group URL form the ASA, and also pick the 2 trusted phone certs you uploaded earlier.    Next you create a new VPN group and create a common device profile.   In the device profile, make sure to fill in the VPN Group and VPN profile you created earlier.  

Assign a phone to that new profile.

On the phone, clear the itl entry and reset.   The phone should get the ITL and CTL.   Take it outside the LAN and enable VPN.   It should prompt for ID/PW and establish a connection.
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MikeKane earned 375 total points
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HERe's more info:

Also, you will need the VPN phone lic. on the ASA for this to work.  

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Thanks MikeKane. This very helpful. But I just wonder why I would need 3-rd paryt certificate?  Why can't I use self-signed certificate from ASA?  This is not clear to me.
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MikeKane earned 375 total points
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The Intermediary cert must be installed and trusted by the CUCM if it isn't already.    I'm sure that using a self signed cert can be done, but I have never done one that way so I can't give any practical advice/direction.    However, like any cert, the CM must trust the issuer of the ASA cert and have a PEM file to load up as a trust-vpn-phone cert in Serviceability on the CM.  

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