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As many have been complaining about for a while there appears to be no x64 version of the Cisco Systems VPN Client.  I am required to use this to connect to my network at work.  This application will only install on an x86 box and I am currently running x64 at my home.  I have no desire to switch back to x86 and was frustrated trying to locate an x64 client.  I have heard that Cisco made available a new client called AnyConnect, but have heard that this requires a new hardware device on the server side at my work (yeah, that is a non starter).  So what was I to do.

For about the last 2 months I have run a virtual machine in x86 and used the Cisco client to connect to work that way.  But is it messy and sharing disks between the machines is a real pain in the neck.  What I really wanted is an x64 client.  I was surfing the net the other day and came across the VPNC Front End.  This client claims to be x64 compatible and even to run on Windows 7, which is one of my partitions so I was truly excited.

First I downloaded version 0.7.0 and installed it on my Windows Vista x64 partition.  I setup the connection in the connection editor.  If you don’t know these parameters you are stuck.  You can select between PSK, Cert, or Hybrid mode. 

 

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Once I entered the connection settings I save them and then went to the task bar. Right click on the VPNC Front End Tray icon and selected Connect.  It took just a bit but it did successfully connect.  I am not connected to work via x64 Cisco compliant VPN client.  WOO HOO!

 

I then decided to try to connect via Windows 7 x64.  I installed the same client(had install with run as Administrator), made the same configuration options, and connected to the VPN.  The odd thing was that I was unable to access servers on the network due to a routing issue.  Odd for sure.  I went and found this forum entry about a version that had routing issues.  Now I could have added a pre or post script to run after the connection was complete, but I decided instead to run a previous version 0.6.15 of the VPNC Front End(available here).

 

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Running version 0.6.15 on Windows 7 worked great and the routing issues were not present that had been in version 0.7.0.  A friend of mine (Evgueni) tried the same installs on Windows 2003 SP1 and found the same issues that I had with Windows 7 and version 0.7.0.  Once he installed version 0.6.15 on Windows 2003 server it worked great.

Still going to post a message about my issues with 0.7.0 in Windows 7 and Windows 2003, but no issues as of right now!

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 3:58 PM | Back to top


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Have you tried the later releases? 0.7.9 is the most current. I am currently using it on Windows 7 and it works fine. I did make some changes to the routing code in 0.7 that's why the version bump happened. Maybe I broke something because this is a common theme on the support forum.
Left by ArchRival on May 21, 2009 3:25 PM

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Please provide us with vpn client for windows 7 x64 bit
Left by Ichalcio on Oct 29, 2009 1:16 AM

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http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2308/index.html

"The Cisco VPN Client supports:

* XP, Vista (x86/32-bit only), and Windows 7 (x86/32-bit only); Windows x64 (64-bit) support requires Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client"
Left by David on Nov 05, 2009 8:31 AM

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Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client not working with Server use old hardware system.
Left by Tinh-Phong on Nov 17, 2009 7:33 AM

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Hi, I have a problem wit version0.9.
I am connected to the VPN of my ASA5510 but I have no shares and cannot connect to my servers.
How to solve this ?
Left by George on Dec 01, 2009 1:51 PM

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Any clue on how to fill out the advanced tab? I can't find any documentation on it. I'm fine getting connected but not sure about all the details.thanks
Left by mark on Jan 05, 2010 1:31 PM

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Shrew Soft VPN Client works on Windows x64 including Windows 7. Imports pcf file and works without any changes. And it's free!
Left by Gary on Apr 28, 2010 5:27 PM

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^^^^Thanks Gary it works great
Left by Jay on May 03, 2010 2:24 PM

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Cisco has a beta IPSEC 64 bit client out - 5.07
Left by Harold on May 21, 2010 3:32 PM

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I would like to get VPN client that works for Win 7 x64

Regards
Robert
Left by Robert Naslund on Jul 06, 2010 2:39 AM

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Dear all

i have a problem with cisco vpn client when using with windows 7 (32 or 64) the licence of the windows are original however i receive error 412 but when i ping the destination from the comand prompt i recieve a reply feedback that means i see the destination . by the way i use for 64 bit windows 7 the vpn client (vpnclient-winx64-msi-5.0.07.0290-k9) I try to search for a solutin on the internet , all solutions taking about one of the following
1- use the wired insted of wireless .
2- the firewall of windows bloking some ports
i try all these steps still receive the same error.
is there any technical solution to solve this major problem?

Thanks & Regards

Kazaem
Left by khaled abou elazaem on Oct 13, 2010 5:52 AM

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Many thanks to you. It works!
Left by Nordin Rahman on Feb 27, 2011 7:59 PM

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