Cisco VPN Phone Configuration

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Cisco VPN Phone? Cisco Unified IP Phone? Are they the same or similar? How much do you know about the Cisco IP Phones? Well, in fact, the Cisco VPN Phone is a Cisco Unified IP Phone–based VPN solution that extends the reach of your Cisco Collaboration solution to outside the logical perimeter of your organization.

Cisco VPN Phone enables remote connectivity with a CUCM cluster for signaling via SSL on the Internet and RTP with an IP Phone within the enterprise premises without extra hardware. 

Cisco VPN Phone

Cisco VPN Phone is supported on 7942G, 7945G, 7962G, 7965G, 7975G, and 99xx series as well as 89xx series Cisco Unified IP Phones. Also on Cisco DX650,  Cisco Dual mode for Android, Cisco Dual mode for iPhone, Cisco Jabber for Tablet

You can use the Cisco tools to view what Cisco VPN Phones are supported:
Go to Cisco Unified CM Administration and select Cisco Unified Reporting > System Reports > Unified CM Phone Feature List >

Generate a New Report > Feature: Virtual Private Network Client

Cisco Unified Reporting

Requirements for Implementing VPN Phone

Ensure that you meet these requirements before doing the configuration

  • Cisco IP Phone supported Models – 79xx / 89xx
  • CUCM 8.0.1 or later   
  • Cisco ASA IOS 8.0.4 or later   
  • AnyConnect VPN Pkg 2.4.1012   
  • AnyConnect premium license and AnyConnect for Cisco VPN Phone license


Cisco ASA VPN Configuration

Sample configuration:

ip local pool SSL_Pool mask
  group-policy GroupPolicy_SSL internal
 group-policy GroupPolicy_SSL attributes
  split-tunnel-policy tunnelall
  vpn-tunnel-protocol ssl-client

 tunnel-group SSL type remote-access
 tunnel-group SSL general-attributes
  address-pool SSL_Pool
  default-group-policy GroupPolicy_SSL
 tunnel-group SSL webvpn-attributes
  authentication certificate
  group-url enable

  enable outside
  anyconnect image disk0:/anyconnect-win-3.0.3054-k9.pkg
  anyconnect enable

 ssl trust-point SSL outside


Configuration on CUCM for Cisco VPN phone feature

1. Log in to CallManager and choose Unified OS Administration > Security > Certificate Management > Upload Certificate > Select Phone-VPN-trust in order to upload the certificate file saved in the previous step.

2. Configure VPN Gateway
Go to Cisco Unified CM Administrator and select Advanced Features > VPN > VPN GatewayIn the VPN Gateway Configuration window, complete these steps:

  • a. Enter the name for the VPN gateway with description
  • b. Enter the VPN gateway url in the URL field
  • c. Select the certificate that was uploaded to callmanger previously

Configure VPN Gateway

3. Create a VPN group under Advanced Features > VPN > VPN Group

Create a VPN group under  Advanced Features-VPN Group


Select the VPN gateway in the VPN group created.

4. Configure the VPN Profile under Advanced Features > VPN > VPN Profile.


5. Assign the VPN group and profile to the Common Phone Profile by going to
Device > Device Settings > Common Phone Profile.


6. If you created a new profile for specific phones/users, go to the Phone Configuration window. In the Common Phone Profile field, choose Standard Common Phone Profile.


7. Test whether the VPN works internally. Configure the Cisco Unified IP Phone with a TFTP server manually and register the IP Phone for testing.

8. On the Cisco Unified IP Phone, go to  Settings > Security Configuration > VPN Configuration. Enable  VPN  and use your credentials/certificate to establish a VPN connection.



Check the status of IP Phone registration on CUCM using VPN IP address.

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