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Configure a Per-App VPN Configuration for Android Devices Using AirWatch

You can easily enable access to internal resources from your managed mobile devices by configuring GlobalProtect VPN access using AirWatch. In a per-app VPN configuration, you can specify which managed apps on the device can send traffic through the GlobalProtect VPN tunnel. Unmanaged apps will continue to connect directly to the Internet instead of through the GlobalProtect VPN tunnel.
  1. Download the GlobalProtect app for Android.
  2. From the AirWatch console, modify or add a new Android profile.
    1. Navigate to
      List View
    2. Select an existing profile to which to add the VPN configuration or add a new one (select
      Add Profile
    3. Select
      as the platform and
      as the configuration type.
    4. Configure
      profile settings:
      • Name
        —Provide a meaningful name for this configuration.
      • Version
        —This field is auto-populated with the latest version number of the configuration profile.
      • Description
        —A brief description of the profile that indicates its purpose.
      • Profile Scope—Scope for this profile, either
        , or
      • Assignment Type
        —Determines how the profile is deployed to devices:
        • Auto
          —The profile is deployed to all devices automatically.
        • Optional
          —You can deploy the profile to specific devices, or you can allow the user to install the profile from the Self-Service Portal (SSP).
        • Compliance
          —The profile is deployed when the end user violates a compliance policy applicable to the device.
      • Allow Removal
        —Determines whether or not the end user can remove the profile from the device:
        • Always
          —The end user can manually remove the profile at any time.
        • With Authorization
          —The end user can remove the profile with the authorization of the administrator. Choosing this option adds a required
        • Never
          —The end user cannot remove the profile from the device.
      • Managed By
        —The Organization Group with administrative access to the profile.
      • Assigned Smart Group
        —The Smart Group to which you want the device profile added. Includes an option to create a new Smart Group which you can configure with specs for organization groups, user groups, ownership categories, tags, minimum OS, device models, and more.
      • Exclusions
        displays a new field
        Excluded Smart Groups
        that enables you to select those Smart Groups you wish to exclude from the assignment of this device profile.
    5. Select
      Save and Publish
      to push this profile to the assigned Smart Groups.
  3. Configure the per-app VPN settings in the Android profile.
    1. Select
      and then click
    2. Configure
      Connection Info
      • Connection Type
        as the network connection method.
      • Connection Name
        —Enter the name of the connection name that the device will display.
      • Server
        —Enter the hostname or IP address of the GlobalProtect portal to which to connect.
      • Enable
        Per App VPN
        to route all of the traffic for a managed app traffic through the GlobalProtect VPN.
    3. Select the authentication method to use to authenticate users. For per-app VPN, you must use certificate-based authentication. Select
      User Authentication: Certificate
      , and then follow the prompts to upload an
      Identity Certificate
      to use for authentication.
    4. Click
      Save & Publish
  4. Configure per-app VPN settings for a new managed app, or modify the settings for an existing managed apps.
    1. On the main page, select
      Apps & Books
      List View
    2. To add a new app, select
      Add Application
      . Or, to modify the settings of an existing app, locate the app in the list of Public apps and then select the edit icon in the actions menu next to the row.
    3. Select the organization group by which this app will be managed.
    4. Select
      as the
    5. Select your preferred method for locating the app, either by specifying a URL or importing the app from Google Play. To search by URL, you must also enter the Google Play Store URL for the app (for example, to search for the Box app by URL, enter https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.box.android).
    6. Click
      . If you chose to
      Import from Play
      during the previous step, you must select the app from the list of approved company apps, and then click
      . If you do not see the app in the list, contact your Android for Work administrator to approve the app.
    7. On the
      tab, select
      Assigned Smart Groups
      that will have access to this app.
    8. On the
      tab, select the
      Push Mode
      , either
      On Demand
    9. Select
      Use VPN
      and then select the Android profile that you created in 3.
      Only profiles that have per-app VPN enabled are available from the drop-down.
    10. Save and Publish
      this profile to the assigned Smart Groups.

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