iOS & UniMelb Staff VPN

The University of Melbourne replaced its older CISCO VPN system with the CISCO AnyConnect service. Recently the old service was turned off and is no longer an option for iOS. We now need to to set up the CISCO AnyConnect VPN for connecting the iPhone/iPad iOS6+ to the UNIMELB Staff VPN.

AnyConnect-iOS Cisco AnyConnect (iOS) Version: 3.0.09231
Cisco AnyConnect provides reliable and easy-to-deploy encrypted network connectivity from any Apple iOS 6 or later device by delivering persistent corporate access for users on the go. Whether providing access to business email, a virtual desktop session, or most other iOS applications, AnyConnect enables business-critical application connectivity. Through the use of Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS), TCP-based applications and latency-sensitive traffic (such as voice over IP [VoIP]) are provided an optimized communication path to corporate resources. Additionally, AnyConnect support IPsec IKEv2 with Next Generation Encryption.

NOTE: This version is not compatible the iPhone 5S (64-bit).

Obtain the App
Cisco AnyConnectis available via the iTunes Store, follow the link or search the store for “AnyConnect”.

Configure Server
Having obtained and installed the app, it needs to be configured.
Add a new VPN Server via “Add VPN connection…”
* Description: UNIMELB-Staff
* Server Address:

add VPN server

Log in
Authenticate using your central University account
* Account Name: Your Uni/ARS ID
* Password: Your Uni/ARS Password


When the VPN is active you will see a VPN symbol in the indicator bar; you can disconnect by turning the AnyConnect VPN off via the app.


Remember to disconnect the client when you finish your remote access VPN session. If you do not log out, someone could use your account to gain unauthorised access to the network.

[1] Accessing network off-campus (VPN) [UniMelb – ITS]

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3 Responses to iOS & UniMelb Staff VPN

  1. Pingback: iOS4 & UniMelb Staff VPN | Visible Procrastinations

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  3. ‘Cisco AnyConnect (iOS)’ has become ‘Cisco Legacy AnyConnect’ and will be phased out over time;–transition-to-apples-latest-vpn-framework-networkextension

    Cisco AnyConnect (New Cisco AnyConnect) for iOS 10.x or later.

    I have tested v.4.0.07077 on iOS 11.0.2 successfully using the the same method as described for the legacy edition. Some superficial interface changes, but it seems the rest of the changes are under the hood.

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