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AnyConnect 4.10 upgrade to Secure Client 5.x

tachyon05
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I need to upgrade AnyConnect 4.10 because it is EOS on 3/31/24.  The replacement product is Secure Client 5.x.  Currently, users only have DART and NAM installed on their computers.

1. Do I need to uninstall AnyConnect 4.10 or is that automatically done when running the Secure Client installer?
2. We have a configuration.xml file that contains profiles and settings for existing wired and wireless networks.  Will the new Secure Client use the same XML file?  

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Marvin Rhoads
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No uninstall is necessary when upgrading from AnyConnect 4.x to Secure Client 5.x

Your configuration files will be copied into the new folders specific to Secure Client 5. (Created automatically in the C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco Secure Client folder in Windows).

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Marvin Rhoads
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No uninstall is necessary when upgrading from AnyConnect 4.x to Secure Client 5.x

Your configuration files will be copied into the new folders specific to Secure Client 5. (Created automatically in the C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco Secure Client folder in Windows).

tachyon05
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Sounds like it is not a problem to have both the new and old clients.  Will Windows OS prefer and use only the new Secure 5.x over the old AnyConnect 4.x for 802.1x?

When you install Secure Client 5.x it will replace AnyConnect 4.x. The product name and folders used change but it is still just like an in-place upgrade in other respects.

tachyon05
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Thank you.  My TAC person said the following for some reason.  I will try to get a test laptop and try it out.

[+] Cisco Secure Client will not get rid of the previous installations of AnyConnect, you will need to uninstall first then install Secure Client.

[+] You will need to migrate configuration of the profile to a 5.x version with the help of the profile editor. Here is the download link: https://software.cisco.com/download/home/286330811/type/282364313/release/5.0.05040

What the TAC told you doesn't match my experience. I have moved over a dozen customer organizations (with several thousand end users) and my own company's 100+ users to Secure Client 5 and none of them ever had to uninstall anything or migrate any configuration using the profile editor.

tachyon05
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Beginner

Thanks, and your experience is what I would expect, and hope Cisco provides to their customers.  Looking at the download site, I see the only 5.1 version out there is 5.1.0.136 which came out 2 weeks ago on 10/27/23.  There are several 5.0 versions with the latest being 5.0.05040 which released on 9/5/23.  There is no "safe harbor" or "star" version.  Would you be able to share which version you went with on your most recent upgrade and if there are any issues encountered?

On my personal laptop I have upgraded just about about every version and maintenance release since 3.x, including the latest 5.1. As of right now, 5.0 MR 5 (5.0.05040) would be the best choice for most customers. 5.1 is intended primarily to add the Zero Trust module with Duo desktop for Cisco + Secure Access customers.

Cisco doesn't publish a "Suggested Release" (Gold Star) for Secure Client, but they generally recommend the latest maintenance release in the most current version.

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