Configuration Profile - Cisco Anyconnect - Custom Schema

asidhu
New Contributor III

Hi All,

I am curious if its possible to create a configuration profile using custom schema to modify the profile.xml settings?
I know we can package it with installer etc and that's what I am doing but i want to know if there is an easier way to update the profile.xml when there is changes in the connection name or server etc?

 

Thank you!

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mm2270
Legendary Contributor III

Hi. If you're talking about using the Application and Custom Settings profile payload, then I don't think so. That payload is for creating custom Configuration Profiles, not for modifying or creating .xml files in other locations on disk.

What I'd consider is using a script to create the xml. Making XMLs, plists, Launchd's and other text based files is super easy within a script, and you can customize what it creates on the fly with the use of script parameters. This prevents the need to package and repackage the xml file every time there is a change to it.

Here's an example.

 

#!/bin/zsh

## Pass strings to the script parameters below to customize XML at creation time
xml_path="$4"
trusted_dns_domains="$5"
trusted_dns_servers="$6"
host_name="$7"
host_address="$8"
user_group="$9"
backup_address_1="${10}"
backup_address_2="${11}"

## Create the xml
/bin/cat << EOXML > "$xml_path"
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<AnyConnectProfile xmlns="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/ AnyConnectProfile.xsd">
  <ClientInitialization>
    <UseStartBeforeLogon UserControllable="false">true</UseStartBeforeLogon>
    <AutomaticCertSelection UserControllable="false">true</AutomaticCertSelection>
    <ShowPreConnectMessage>false</ShowPreConnectMessage>
    <CertificateStore>Machine</CertificateStore>
    <CertificateStoreMac>All</CertificateStoreMac>
    <CertificateStoreOverride>true</CertificateStoreOverride>
    <ProxySettings>Native</ProxySettings>
    <AllowLocalProxyConnections>true</AllowLocalProxyConnections>
    <AuthenticationTimeout>12</AuthenticationTimeout>
    <AutoConnectOnStart UserControllable="false">false</AutoConnectOnStart>
    <MinimizeOnConnect UserControllable="false">true</MinimizeOnConnect>
    <LocalLanAccess UserControllable="false">false</LocalLanAccess>
    <DisableCaptivePortalDetection UserControllable="false">false</DisableCaptivePortalDetection>
    <ClearSmartcardPin UserControllable="false">false</ClearSmartcardPin>
    <IPProtocolSupport>IPv4</IPProtocolSupport>
    <AutoReconnect UserControllable="false">true
			<AutoReconnectBehavior UserControllable="false">DisconnectOnSuspend</AutoReconnectBehavior>
		</AutoReconnect>
    <SuspendOnConnectedStandby>false</SuspendOnConnectedStandby>
    <AutoUpdate UserControllable="false">false</AutoUpdate>
    <RSASecurIDIntegration UserControllable="false">Automatic</RSASecurIDIntegration>
    <WindowsLogonEnforcement>SingleLocalLogon</WindowsLogonEnforcement>
    <LinuxLogonEnforcement>SingleLocalLogon</LinuxLogonEnforcement>
    <WindowsVPNEstablishment>LocalUsersOnly</WindowsVPNEstablishment>
    <LinuxVPNEstablishment>LocalUsersOnly</LinuxVPNEstablishment>
    <AutomaticVPNPolicy>true
			<TrustedDNSDomains>$trusted_dns_domains</TrustedDNSDomains>
			<TrustedDNSServers>$trusted_dns_servers</TrustedDNSServers>
			<TrustedNetworkPolicy>Disconnect</TrustedNetworkPolicy>
			<UntrustedNetworkPolicy>Connect</UntrustedNetworkPolicy>
			<AlwaysOn>true
				<ConnectFailurePolicy>Closed
					<AllowCaptivePortalRemediation>true
						<CaptivePortalRemediationTimeout>5</CaptivePortalRemediationTimeout>
					</AllowCaptivePortalRemediation>
					<ApplyLastVPNLocalResourceRules>true</ApplyLastVPNLocalResourceRules>
				</ConnectFailurePolicy>
				<AllowVPNDisconnect>true</AllowVPNDisconnect>
			</AlwaysOn>
		</AutomaticVPNPolicy>
    <PPPExclusion UserControllable="false">Disable
			<PPPExclusionServerIP UserControllable="false"/>
		</PPPExclusion>
    <EnableScripting UserControllable="false">true
			<TerminateScriptOnNextEvent>false</TerminateScriptOnNextEvent>
			<EnablePostSBLOnConnectScript>false</EnablePostSBLOnConnectScript>
		</EnableScripting>
    <EnableAutomaticServerSelection UserControllable="false">false
			<AutoServerSelectionImprovement>10</AutoServerSelectionImprovement>
			<AutoServerSelectionSuspendTime>1</AutoServerSelectionSuspendTime>
		</EnableAutomaticServerSelection>
    <RetainVpnOnLogoff>false
		</RetainVpnOnLogoff>
    <CaptivePortalRemediationBrowserFailover>false</CaptivePortalRemediationBrowserFailover>
    <AllowManualHostInput>false</AllowManualHostInput>
  </ClientInitialization>
  <ServerList>
    <HostEntry>
      <HostName>$host_name</HostName>
      <HostAddress>$host_address</HostAddress>
      <UserGroup>$user_group</UserGroup>
      <BackupServerList>
        <HostAddress>$backup_address_1</HostAddress>
        <HostAddress>$backup_address_2</HostAddress>
      </BackupServerList>
    </HostEntry>
  </ServerList>
</AnyConnectProfile>
EOXML

 

With the above, you can pass parameters to the script at execution time to change / customize the following values in the xml:

Trusted DNS Domains
Trusted DNS Servers
Host Name
Host Address
User Group
Backup Server 1 and 2

You would of course want to use your own Cisco AnyConnect VPN profile as the template and just replace the variables as needed. If you look at the XML closely, you'll see variables in places where those strings would go, such as $trusted_dns_domains, $host_name, $host_address, etc. The actual values get plugged in when the script creates the xml when it runs.

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talkingmoose
Honored Contributor II
Honored Contributor II

Configuration profiles will not modify anything. They are more like a layer of managed preferences that are enforced when applied. If the profile is removed, the existing preferences come back to life.

My basic understanding of the profile.xml for Cisco AnyConnect is that you need to deploy that file to /opt/cisco/anyconnect/profile/profile.xml. You'll find a long thread about installing AnyConnect here. It may help.

https://community.jamf.com/t5/jamf-pro/installing-components-of-cisco-anyconnect-4-7/td-p/173802

asidhu
New Contributor III

Thank you, was just looking if there was a way to do it on the fly and look's like the script options mentioned below will be helpful however I will also through the link given.

junjishimazaki
Valued Contributor

I don't package Cisco AnyConnect anymore. 

I just upload the AnyConnect installer package file to Jamf. Then I created a script in Jamf that creates the XML choice file into the Mac in the /private/tmp folder, use the installer command to install Cisco with XML choice file. Then I create the XML file with the VPN connection field into the /opt/cisco/anyconnect/profile folder. Once the installation completes, it deletes the AnyConnect installer package and XML choice file. I find creating a script is a lot easier to maintain than to keep updating a package and with a script, I can update it on the fly. 

That makes life alot easier when you can just avoid repacking it. I will look into creating something similar, thank you

mm2270
Legendary Contributor III

Hi. If you're talking about using the Application and Custom Settings profile payload, then I don't think so. That payload is for creating custom Configuration Profiles, not for modifying or creating .xml files in other locations on disk.

What I'd consider is using a script to create the xml. Making XMLs, plists, Launchd's and other text based files is super easy within a script, and you can customize what it creates on the fly with the use of script parameters. This prevents the need to package and repackage the xml file every time there is a change to it.

Here's an example.

 

#!/bin/zsh

## Pass strings to the script parameters below to customize XML at creation time
xml_path="$4"
trusted_dns_domains="$5"
trusted_dns_servers="$6"
host_name="$7"
host_address="$8"
user_group="$9"
backup_address_1="${10}"
backup_address_2="${11}"

## Create the xml
/bin/cat << EOXML > "$xml_path"
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<AnyConnectProfile xmlns="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/encoding/ AnyConnectProfile.xsd">
  <ClientInitialization>
    <UseStartBeforeLogon UserControllable="false">true</UseStartBeforeLogon>
    <AutomaticCertSelection UserControllable="false">true</AutomaticCertSelection>
    <ShowPreConnectMessage>false</ShowPreConnectMessage>
    <CertificateStore>Machine</CertificateStore>
    <CertificateStoreMac>All</CertificateStoreMac>
    <CertificateStoreOverride>true</CertificateStoreOverride>
    <ProxySettings>Native</ProxySettings>
    <AllowLocalProxyConnections>true</AllowLocalProxyConnections>
    <AuthenticationTimeout>12</AuthenticationTimeout>
    <AutoConnectOnStart UserControllable="false">false</AutoConnectOnStart>
    <MinimizeOnConnect UserControllable="false">true</MinimizeOnConnect>
    <LocalLanAccess UserControllable="false">false</LocalLanAccess>
    <DisableCaptivePortalDetection UserControllable="false">false</DisableCaptivePortalDetection>
    <ClearSmartcardPin UserControllable="false">false</ClearSmartcardPin>
    <IPProtocolSupport>IPv4</IPProtocolSupport>
    <AutoReconnect UserControllable="false">true
			<AutoReconnectBehavior UserControllable="false">DisconnectOnSuspend</AutoReconnectBehavior>
		</AutoReconnect>
    <SuspendOnConnectedStandby>false</SuspendOnConnectedStandby>
    <AutoUpdate UserControllable="false">false</AutoUpdate>
    <RSASecurIDIntegration UserControllable="false">Automatic</RSASecurIDIntegration>
    <WindowsLogonEnforcement>SingleLocalLogon</WindowsLogonEnforcement>
    <LinuxLogonEnforcement>SingleLocalLogon</LinuxLogonEnforcement>
    <WindowsVPNEstablishment>LocalUsersOnly</WindowsVPNEstablishment>
    <LinuxVPNEstablishment>LocalUsersOnly</LinuxVPNEstablishment>
    <AutomaticVPNPolicy>true
			<TrustedDNSDomains>$trusted_dns_domains</TrustedDNSDomains>
			<TrustedDNSServers>$trusted_dns_servers</TrustedDNSServers>
			<TrustedNetworkPolicy>Disconnect</TrustedNetworkPolicy>
			<UntrustedNetworkPolicy>Connect</UntrustedNetworkPolicy>
			<AlwaysOn>true
				<ConnectFailurePolicy>Closed
					<AllowCaptivePortalRemediation>true
						<CaptivePortalRemediationTimeout>5</CaptivePortalRemediationTimeout>
					</AllowCaptivePortalRemediation>
					<ApplyLastVPNLocalResourceRules>true</ApplyLastVPNLocalResourceRules>
				</ConnectFailurePolicy>
				<AllowVPNDisconnect>true</AllowVPNDisconnect>
			</AlwaysOn>
		</AutomaticVPNPolicy>
    <PPPExclusion UserControllable="false">Disable
			<PPPExclusionServerIP UserControllable="false"/>
		</PPPExclusion>
    <EnableScripting UserControllable="false">true
			<TerminateScriptOnNextEvent>false</TerminateScriptOnNextEvent>
			<EnablePostSBLOnConnectScript>false</EnablePostSBLOnConnectScript>
		</EnableScripting>
    <EnableAutomaticServerSelection UserControllable="false">false
			<AutoServerSelectionImprovement>10</AutoServerSelectionImprovement>
			<AutoServerSelectionSuspendTime>1</AutoServerSelectionSuspendTime>
		</EnableAutomaticServerSelection>
    <RetainVpnOnLogoff>false
		</RetainVpnOnLogoff>
    <CaptivePortalRemediationBrowserFailover>false</CaptivePortalRemediationBrowserFailover>
    <AllowManualHostInput>false</AllowManualHostInput>
  </ClientInitialization>
  <ServerList>
    <HostEntry>
      <HostName>$host_name</HostName>
      <HostAddress>$host_address</HostAddress>
      <UserGroup>$user_group</UserGroup>
      <BackupServerList>
        <HostAddress>$backup_address_1</HostAddress>
        <HostAddress>$backup_address_2</HostAddress>
      </BackupServerList>
    </HostEntry>
  </ServerList>
</AnyConnectProfile>
EOXML

 

With the above, you can pass parameters to the script at execution time to change / customize the following values in the xml:

Trusted DNS Domains
Trusted DNS Servers
Host Name
Host Address
User Group
Backup Server 1 and 2

You would of course want to use your own Cisco AnyConnect VPN profile as the template and just replace the variables as needed. If you look at the XML closely, you'll see variables in places where those strings would go, such as $trusted_dns_domains, $host_name, $host_address, etc. The actual values get plugged in when the script creates the xml when it runs.

asidhu
New Contributor III

Thank you for the detailed explanation and yes that should do the work, just need to replace the XML details above. I will look into it in more detail and get it working.