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How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec client ?

The question is in the title, i want to make the Windows client compatible with the VPN of my RV042 because Shrew Soft VPN fail to etablish tunel after little time and QuickVPN don't support Windows 7 or any 64 bit version of Windows.

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Cisco Employee

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Windows does not have an IPSec client, what they offer is a VPN client that can connect to PPTP, L2TP/IPsec (over IPSec), IKEv2. To connect directly to the RV router our only option is to connect via PPTP once the PPTP server is enabled on the router. If you have a server behind the router you can configure it to be an end point for any of the above types. Not sure why, Mac, and Windows do not offer a bare IPSec feature to their built-in clients.

Some third party applications to concider:

Windows: ShrewSoft IPSec client

Mac OS X: IPSecuritas

Both are relative simple to set up and on the RV0xx routers work fantastic and are an exellent alternative to QVPN. With these applications you would set up the tunnel as a group and use the "Microsoft XP/2000 VPN  Client" option. This option is a little misleading as it seems to imply that the Native VPN client can support IPSec settings, when it is just referencing that a computer would use this option when its WAN IP address is not always known.

Hope this helps.

Cisco Employee

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Shrew offers a Liux/BSD build, you can check it out here http://shrew.net/download/ike

Hope that helps.

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Cisco Employee

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Windows does not have an IPSec client, what they offer is a VPN client that can connect to PPTP, L2TP/IPsec (over IPSec), IKEv2. To connect directly to the RV router our only option is to connect via PPTP once the PPTP server is enabled on the router. If you have a server behind the router you can configure it to be an end point for any of the above types. Not sure why, Mac, and Windows do not offer a bare IPSec feature to their built-in clients.

Some third party applications to concider:

Windows: ShrewSoft IPSec client

Mac OS X: IPSecuritas

Both are relative simple to set up and on the RV0xx routers work fantastic and are an exellent alternative to QVPN. With these applications you would set up the tunnel as a group and use the "Microsoft XP/2000 VPN  Client" option. This option is a little misleading as it seems to imply that the Native VPN client can support IPSec settings, when it is just referencing that a computer would use this option when its WAN IP address is not always known.

Hope this helps.

New Member

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Do I need separate VPN client software on the host computer?  Using Shrew, I have established a tunnel from the client computer to the RV042 at work, but I still can't establish a remote desktop connection to my particular office computer.  Do I need to install Shrew software on my particular office computer to complete the connection?  Thanks in advance.

Cisco Employee

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

No, once you have the tunnel connected you should be able to type the local IP of the target computer into the RDP client on your computer and connect. This is assuming that RDP is enabled on the target computer.

In other words:

Open Remote Desktop connection on your computer; type the local IP in the "Computer" field (ie. 192.168.40.23) and click connect.

So long the tunnel is configured properly this should connect with no problem.

New Member

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

I have a .pcf file that I used with cisco vpn client, which connects successfully. But as Cisco VPN Client does not support x64 bit OS, I am using the Shrew Soft Vpn client, installed on x64 bit Windows 7 OS, and imported the .pcf file, connects successfully as it says tunnel enabled.

But then I cannot RDP into any machines or ping to any of my machines. But then on x32bit OS I installed the Cisco VPN Client and when I connect I can RPD into any of my machines.

So if any one has any solutions, connecting successfully and RDP into any of the machines with Shrew Soft, please let me know, appreciate your help.

New Member

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Hi,

Ok, sorry for mistake about Windows VPN :)

And you know any IPSEC/QuickVPN Client on linux (Client distrib is archlinux) work with RV042 router ?

Cisco Employee

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Shrew offers a Liux/BSD build, you can check it out here http://shrew.net/download/ike

Hope that helps.

Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

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Re: How configure RV042 VPN for use Windows 7 native IPSec clien

Thank, that work :)

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