about the support for window 64 bit Vista and window 7 by Cisco VPN client

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Aug 3rd, 2009
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I am using the Window OS "64bit Windows Vista" and "Windows 7"


I have checked the Cisco's latest VPN client version which is version 5.0.05.0290


However, it seems taht for all Windows operating systems, only 32-bit platforms are supported by Cisco.


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/vpn_client/cisco_vpn_client/vpn_client500_501/release/notes/51client.pdf


So if i need to use Cisco VPN Client for Window 7 or Vista 64bit... is there a Cisco VPN client that can support it? if not, when will be the date for the release of a version that can support window 7 and Vista 64-bit... any work around?


Thanks

Rachel

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filiadata Mon, 11/23/2009 - 02:23
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Hi, this is not the answer we like to hear. 

The vpn-client uses IPSEC but any-connect will use ssl. Thats not the same security level.

And we have another reason to use the vpn-client: we can start a secure connection before logon.


So again the question: when will Cisco release 64-bit VPN-Client with IPSEC


Regards Wolf 

dlance Mon, 11/23/2009 - 11:31
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I agree with Wolf. Even though we recommend against our users purchasing 64 bit OS machines they still do .

We recently again complained to our reseller about Cisco inaction on this subject.

We do have a kluge fix involving virtual machines on the 64 bit box.

Dave

stephan.ochs Wed, 11/25/2009 - 07:18
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Hi


Actually VPN Client 5.0.06.0110 supports Windows 7 (32-Bit).


Cisco says:

1) The Cisco VPN Client will never support 64 Bit.
2) AnyConnect will be the only VPN client for the future.
3) Estimated mid 2010 the AnyConnect Client will be IPSec-able, too.

4) Estimated end 2010 the Cisco VPN Client will "die".


Greetings


Stephan

Patrick0711 Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:36
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I would suggest that you give ShrewSoft a shot.  It is an IPSEC VPN client that is compatible with 64-bit Windows distributions and it's free to use.  While the configuration is not as straight forward as the Cisco IPSEC client, it is far more robust.


http://www.shrew.net/


NCP and Greenbow also offer IPSEC VPN clients for a fee.

Phillip Remaker Fri, 02/19/2010 - 11:38
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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: http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=281940730 (under 5.BETA)
Software is available for download by any customer with a Cisco.com SMARTnet™ enabled login.
Release Notes will be available next week via a link once the download image is selected.

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