Vista 64 Bit Client options?

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Dec 2nd, 2008
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We currently have remote users using 4.x VPN Client (IPSec) to a PIX 501 firewall in the office.

However we have a new remote machine which ideally needs to connect, and this is a 64 bit Vista machine.

From a bit of reading it seems that AnyConnect is the only thing which will install on Vista 64, but this doesn't support IPSec.

SO - will the PIX allow connections from AnyConnect Client via SSL?

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johnnylingo Wed, 12/03/2008 - 10:03
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Unfortunately no; only the ASAs running 8.X code will support AnyConnect clients.

The good news for you is a ASA5505 is only $400, and will have twice as many ports and much more throughput than your PIX501

ecopelan Fri, 01/16/2009 - 20:47
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Unfortunately Anyconnect will only work with ASA running the latest 8.0 or higher. Since the PIX hardware does not come with hardware SSL acceleration, it will not be able to handle the processing of SSL VPN connections. The only option is to get a ASA 5505. Just found one on Amazon that should do the trick for $377:

Hopefully that helps.

Phillip Remaker Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:51
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February 18, 2010
Due to popular demand, the Cisco VPN Client v5.0.7 open beta is now available!
In addition to serving as a general maintenance release, the Cisco VPN Client 5.0.7 beta is compatible with Windows 7 & Windows Vista 64-bit environments. 
A 64-bit specific compatible image is available for installation on these platforms.

Please have communicate feedback (both positive and problems) to [email protected].

Key Capabilities available for Beta Testing:
New Platform support – Windows 7 & Windows Vista 64-bit platform compatibility
Software Access: (under 5.BETA)
Software is available for download by any customer with a SMARTnet™ enabled login.
Release Notes will be available next week via a link once the download image is selected.

There are currently no plans to support Windows XP 64 bit in the VPN client.


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