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Ice Cream Sandwich Supports Cisco AnyConnect VPN

Does your company run a Cisco firewall? How does native Cisco AnyConnect VPN support sound in Ice Cream Sandwich then? According to two separate feature request threads over at the Android support forums, ICS will finally show some love. Within the last hour, a Googler stopped by to inform all network admins in the building that they can sleep soundly tonight.

*Note – One of our readers wanted to point out that ICS won’t have AnyConnect built in, but that it can use the new ICS VPN APIs to work on the platform. The actual AnyConnect app itself that is in the market will also need an update to work properly.

Via:  Google, 2

Cheers Dan, Bill and Nate!

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  • GregH

    This is great news. I’ve been waiting for Anyconnect on the Motorola devices.

  • Jamdev12

    Holy cow!!! Finally we can support our users. You know how long I’ve been running root just to have an embedded VPN module that works with AnyConnect? Too long. Thank you Google for finally listening to IT departments in companies. A few years late, but finally here.

  • Anonymous

    I guess this means Anyconnect will work without root needed. We use it now but of course you need rooted phones. Keep in mind you need available SSL licenses and the Anyconnect Mobile license on your ASA such as L-ASA-AC-M-55X0= Got a 90 day trial of the mobile license last week to test a few android phones and an iPad. Much simpler than using IPSec since we use LDAP to poll Active Directory for users l/p to access anyconnect.

  • Bionicman

    any word on full l3vpn support?

  • Marvin de Pano

    Cool! I use this to connect to our Sametime IM all the time.

  • trust me on this one

    Sorry to be a downer, but this bug means that ICS has a built in VPN framework which AnyConnect can use to perform VPN.  This does not mean that AC is built in or that AC will support ICS as soon as ICS releases.

  • Xcution25

    I wonder with ICS support for HD resolution and game controllers if Alienware will debut a tablet for the hardcore gamer on the go

  • Bill Morrow

    I saw this and about wet myself I was so excited, I knew I had to “tip” you guys at DL right away lol.

    • Bill Morrow

      I have been able to ssh in, but this will make my life so much easier.

  • Anonymous

    Can you say company phone? 

    …now I just need a company to buy me one.

  • Does this mean it will support Profile Configuration File (*.pcf)? That would be awesome. I wouldn’t have to always drag my laptop around to check and gain access to the servers anymore. This is great news. This is a must have device now.

  • Dominick DeVito

    …and another one down, and another one down…

    Another one (Blackberry) bites the dust.

  • Anonymous

    It’s been almost a week since the announcement of ICS and still no date or price for the Gnex. Fail!

  • Dominick DeVito

    Ice Cream Sandwich just keeps getting sweeter

  • Cliff Wynne

    We use the Mcafee EMM agent for any non rim device at my company. So both iOS and Android devices use that to keep the exchange date encrypted.

  • Anonymous

    But what about Exchange encryption????  That’s key for any corporate environment with a decent security poliy, and necessary for Androd to be allowed on many networks.  Does anyone know if that is part of ICS?

    • Anonymous

      Latest version of Exchange ActiveSync is supported in ICS.

      • Anonymous

        Dude, that is awesome, where did you hear that?  I looked a couple days ago at Android Dev Issue 8686 and didn’t see any mention of ICS support.  Can you paste a link?  I want to give it to my IT dept.

        • Anonymous

          I can’t find a link, it was in the presentation introducing ICS as supporting ActiveSync 14.  Keep in mind it supports AS version 14, however not every feature of it, though neither does WP7 (though it obviously has more support).  Some of the more key security items are supported like disabling camera, allow/require encryption and some others that should get it into the IT dept door.

          Found this chart, not sure how accurate or up to date it is:

  • Michael Black

    I work in IT and the majority of my co-workers have Android phones. Me and another network guy spent part of last year setting up a Cisco ASA and I have been looking for an Android solution for a Cicso firewall ever since. I am always on the road and no matter how much I plan, my laptop is never handy when I need it. But I always have my phone. 🙂

    • Kiddyupcowboy

      You and a “network guy” spent “part of last year setting up a Cisco ASA” ???

      Maybe you may want to look for a job outside of IT if it takes more than 30 minutes to setup a firewall.

      • Anonymous

        I dont know what kind of rinky dink firewal you are used to, but a corporate firewall takes much longer than 30 minutes to configure.

        • NetworkEngineer

           Does it you’re under 40 years old. Want to have a firewall config-off?

          • rpalamara

            Im just saying that my firewall has about 1500 line of programming. To plan it out, configure it, and test it can take a long time to do it right.

  • Dan

    I dont think this effects me, but awesome. More features the better I guess!

  • Cliff Wynne

    Bout freaking time….my company has been waiting for this

  • Michael Black

    Freaking sweet. I have actually been waiting for this.

  • Actually a big issue. Think corporate users.

  • John

    kickass. just another reason to want ICS

  • Dshudson

    who cares

    • A ton of people. This could also be the nail in RIMS coffin and I consider that a victory for Android. This will also help Android take even more market share from Apple. Huge move by Android! Awesome!


    • Anonymous

      People who support or are part of a mobile work force.  So not everyone, but quite a few.