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Cisco AnyConnect VPN client may fail to connect



Cisco AnyConnect VPN client may fail to connect and report an error.  The error message may be generic such as “Connection attempt has failed” or “AnyConnect was not able to establish a connection to the specified secure gateway”.

Affected Configurations

The above symptom is associated with, but not limited to, the following systems:

  • ThinkPad

Affected systems:

  • All ThinkPad systems where the Mobile Hotspot feature has been enabled

System is configured with:

  • Mobile Hotspot feature of Access Connections (Microsoft Windows 7) or Lenovo Settings (Microsoft Windows 8)

Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8



The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client cannot make a VPN connection when the Mobile Hotspot feature is enabled.




The user should disable the Mobile Hotspot feature and then attempt to make the VPN connection again.

Additional Information

Lenovo provides a Mobile Hotspot feature as part of Access Connections (on Microsoft Windows 7) and Lenovo Settings (on Microsoft Windows 8).  This software uses the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service of Windows to share your PC’s internet connection with other devices.  The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client cannot make a connection whenever this service is enabled.  Turn off or disable the Mobile Hotspot feature before attempting to make a VPN connection.


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  • Alias ID: SF13-T0066
  • Document ID: HT077908
  • Last Updated :17-06-2014
  • (c) 2014 Lenovo