Setup guide for the Cisco VPN for Symbian Series 60 3rd Revision Handsets


As we state on our main VPN page the only VPN that OUCS fully supports is the Cisco Systems VPN Client.

So before reading the rest of this guide please note that: As Cisco do not produce a VPN client for the S60 Operating System, we cannot guarantee that VPN will work on your device at all

I have however put together this guide to be helpful and to try and provide a solution to this problem. In case of difficulties with this, please do not contact the OUCS Help Desk as because this is something that is very much unsupported, unless I happen to be working on there, there may be no one that has any experience of this setup. I am happy to provide support at the occasional problem with this by email only on Please also note that as my first priority is to the more standard queues of emails, I cannot guarantee that this will be done to the same SLD (i.e a 24 hour response) that the normal emails to the standard advisory address would receive.

This guide was in the most put together on an E71. While there is no difference to the OS on other systems, slight changes in the actual operation may occur in the sections of the guide that use the handset.

In order to configure the client you load a file with contains the settings for the VPN and configures your phone automatically. However, you need to 'sign' the software yourself. This is a free service that Symbian provide to ensure that programs cannot get on your phone and gain access to key facilities without specific authorization.

To make things more complicated, only the business (E series) range of Nokia handsets have the VPN service pre-installed so you may have to install this service first:

This guide assumes that you are familar with installing software onto your handset. If you are unsure about this, then I have prepared a guide on how to do this.

A quick setting change on your handset

Before we begin this process, you need to change a setting on your Handset.

From the Home Screen go to:

Menu --> Installations --> App Mgr --> Options --> Settings

Ensure that the settings are as follows:

Software Installation : All
Online certificate check : Off

Installing the VPN service

If you do not have an E series phone it is likely that you will not have Nokia's VPN Client installed which you will need to install first:

A list of phones and which operating system they can be found on wikipedia.

To download these, follow the links from :

'Signing' the configuration file and installing it on your Handset

There are three ways to do this setup:

Easiest and best by a long way: By having an email account set up to receive messages on your phone.

Second best: Having a PC/Laptop with Nokia PC Suite installed and your USB cable

Not recommended at all: Having a PC/Laptop and your USB cable but Nokia PC isn't installed on it.

Starting the Setup (same for all ways of doing it)

1. Download the configuration file to your desktop

2. Go to

3. On that form: complete the following sections:

a) IMEI Number. If you do not know this, type in *#06# on the main screen of your handset and it will display it.
b) Email address: Ideally an email address that is already set up to receive mail on the handset
c) Application: Click on browse, and then attach the CiscoVPN.sis file that you have downloaded.
d) Capability Information: Click on Select All. This will tick all of the boxes for the allowed functionality.
e) Type in the letters/numbers that you see in the picture.
f) Tick on the 'Accept Legal agreement' box.

Then click on send.

4. You will receive an email, asking you to confirm that you wish to sign this file. Click on the Confirmation link.

5. After a short period of time (usually 1-2 minutes, but can be anything up to half an hour), it will email you back a link to the personalised signed version of the CiscoVPN file.

6. Install the program onto your phone. If you are unsure on how to do this, please review my guide on the subject.

During the installation process your likely to see the following:

a) A box will appear saying 'Install Oxford Cisco VPN'. Select Yes.

b) The details of the program will appear. Select Continue.

c) Security Warning. Select Yes.

d) It will say Installing, then Policy Installation Complete.

This has installed the VPN Profile onto your system.

Configuring the VPN service to work with OWL

1. Ensure no connections are running through Menu --> Connectivity --> Connection Manager --> Active Data Connections --> Ensure it says (no active connections)

2. Set up OWL as an access point. Go to Menu --> Tools --> Settings --> Connection --> Access Points. Press Options then Highlight and Select New Access Point.


a) Connection Name : OWL

b) Data bearer : Wireless LAN

c) WLAN Network name : Press select, then Search for Networks, then select OWL.

d) Network Status: Public

e) WLAN network mode: Infrastructure

f) WLAN security mode: Open Network

3. Setting up the VPN: Go to Go to Menu --> Tools --> Settings --> Connection --> VPN --> VPN Management --> VPN Policies

You will see the OxfordCiscoVPN policy that you have installed. Press Options then Highlight and select Define VPN access point

The settings are:

Connection Name: OWLCisco

VPN Policy: OxfordCiscoVPN

Internet Access Point: OWL

Proxy Server Address: None

Proxy port number: 80

This will have created the new connection point for connecting to OWL through the VPN.

To use it, go to Web (Menu --> Web). I would recommend having it set up as ask you which connection you want to use each time you start using it. To set it up like this go to Options --> Settings --> General --> Access Point and set it to Always ask

You will need to put in your remote access details (i.e your standard Oxford username with your remote access password, not your SSO password!) and then you will be able to use OWL with VPN using Web, or any other application!