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iPhone AnyConnect Client Installation

IMPORTANT: Connect to AnyConnect BEFORE you start the application that requires the use of VPN.

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Apple iOS provides seamless and secure remote access to the McMaster Network. The client allows any installed application to communicate as though connected directly to McMaster. It is available from the iTunes App Store. All distribution and updates will be provided from the App Store.

The user interface of the application has been designed to integrate tightly with the look and feel of Apple iOS. However, the functionality is similar to that found in the desktop AnyConnect client.

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

Important: If you use the MacSecure Wireless SSID, you do not need a VPN. VPN is really intended for home users. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Apple iOS provides similar functionality to the AnyConnect client for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. 


Download Instructions

  1. Open the Apple Store.
  2. Select Search.
  3. In the Search Box, enter anyconnect and select Go.
  4. Select the AnyConnect application
  5. Click on the Get box.
  6. Connect


Connection Instructions

  1. Open the AnyConnect VPN Client and Click on OK to the enable this software prompt.
  2. Connect

  3. Click on Connections tab on the left side menu and choose Add VPN Connection.
  4. Login

  5. Type MacVPN for Description field and macvpn.mcmaster.ca for Server Address field. Click Save.
  6. Disconnect

  7. Click on AnyConnect VPN on the left hand menu. Make sure MacVPN is selected and turn it ON.
  8. Disconnect

  9. Leave the Group as Default. Enter your own MAC ID and password for Username and Password respectively. Press the Connect button at the top right of your screen to make your first VPN connection. 
  10. Disconnect

  11. After your first successful connection. AnyConnect will download a few profiles that you should now use to connect. 
  12. Disconnect


Which group connection type should I use?

Use the table below to determine which group connection type to choose.

If you need to access: Select:
Manage your own Systems,
Remote Desktop, File Shares etc.
Most Commonly used profile
Connect from Home
Access from MacConnect
(use MacSecure without VPN)
Connect from MacConnect
administrative-type access to
various systems on Campus only!
Restricted Access
AdminVPN
UTS Internal use - Restricted Access DataVPN
McMaster Business Partners
Restricted Access
MacVIP
McMaster Business Partners
Restricted Access
McMasterBP
UTS Internal Use
Restricted Access
Networkers
* Profiles designated Restricted Access means that you must be authorized to use this resource. Contact the UTS Service Desk to request authorization.


Service Bulletins

  • MAC ID Password Expiry

    Beginning in May 2016, MAC ID passwords at McMaster expire annually. Learn more at www.mcmaster.ca/uts/macid

Service Desk

Client Self Service:
https://servicedesk.mcmaster.ca
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-525-9140 x24357 (2HELP)
Email: uts@mcmaster.ca
Location: Main Campus BSB Rm. 245
Service Catalogue:
http://www.mcmaster.ca/uts

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