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Configuration Steps for a Standard iOS VPN using AirWatch

Configuration of VPN profile

Login to AirWatch MDM portal

Login to the admin portal of AirWatch MDM to push the vpn profile to your iPhone profile.

You will be logged in to the admin portal of AirWatch.


**Before you proceed further, please make sure to integrate your respective PKI infrastructure with AirWatch for managing your device certificate(s).

Adding a Device Certificate and server certificate in the device through MDM. 

Go to Devices → Profiles → Add → Add Profile → Apple iOS 


Give a name to 'General' and fill up respective fields.

Select 'Deployment' type

  • Managed: To automatically download those profiles in the device.
  • Manual: To manually download this profile in the device. To download manually , user will get a notification in the 'Hub' app and clicking on this notification will redirect to messages screen of the app. From that screen user can select any of the messages and download the profiles which are available.   

Now select a profile, 'Credentials' to add device certificate and server certificate to your device.
You can add multiple certificates in a single profile. Click on the (+) button to add or (-) to delete.


Add a VPN profile to the device.

Go to Devices → Profiles → Add → Add Profile → Apple iOS 
Give a name to 'General' and fill up respective fields.


Select a profile of 'VPN' and click on 'Configure'. These are the configurations need to setup for VPN profile-

Connection Info

Connection Name* VPN Configuration

Connection Type*


Always On


(Make it false, otherwise device will be in supervised mode)


Get this information from Mvision cloud ->certificate page


Local Identifier*


(This string is CN(Common Name) and SAN-(Subject Alternate Name) of client certificate)

Remote Identifier*

(This string is CN(Common Name) and SAN-(Subject Alternate Name) of server certificate)

Machine Authentication


(select 'certificate' here) 


Certificate #1

(if there is no certificate, please follow #3.1 Step)

Server Certificate Issuer Common Name 

VPN Server Root CA  (This string is CN-Common Name of server root certificate)

Server Certificate Common Name  (This string is CN-Common Name of server root certificate)

Enable EAP


EAP Authentication


(select 'certificate' here)

TLS Minimum VersioniOS 11

OS Default

TLS Maximum VersioniOS 11

OS Default


Certificate #1

(Select the same 'Certificate' which added in 'Credentials')

Dead Peer Detection Interval

Every 10 minutes

SA Parameters 

IKE2 Child





VPN setup.PNG

Add your credentials

Select 'Credentials' from the same profile. (you may have to scroll down the menu on the right)
Click on 'Configure' to add new credentials.
Add your Device certificate file here.


Save and Publish

Click on 'Save and Publish' to save the profile.

Now click on 'Publish' to publish the profile.

Respective devices will get updated with the published profile.


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