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Cisco IPSEC VPN Client in VMWare Workstation 7 Windows 7 x32 Guest VM

I am working with a customer who is piloting deploying Windows 7 x64 into their environment.

They need to be able to use the Cisco IPSec VPN client.

They now understand that Cisco has published a Windows 7 compatible client; but only for x32, not x64.

Since the company's focus is code development, they are quite familiar with VMWare Workstation (in this case version 7).

They need to continue to utilize IPSec as a method of access in the x64 environment without moving to SSL (AnyConnect) as they cannot enforce what remote access client they want to use with their partners.

So the answer is to place the Cisco IPSec VPN client into their guest VMs with Windows 7 x64 being the host.

In both Windows 7 x32 and XP x32 the Cisco VPN client is taking an very noticable 120-125 seconds to load the client GUI; this load time is consistent.

The Windows 7 x64 host is using the personal firewall and MS Security Essentials with default settings applied.

The Windows 7 personal firewall and the newer MS Security Essentials are loaded in the Windows 7 x32 VM (again default settings).

Only MS Security Essesntials is loaded in the Windows XP VM (again default settings).

Once the GUI loads, everything works flawlessly.

Both Bridged and NAT modes have been tried as settings for the guest VM to no effect.

Disabling the personal firewall in the host and guest Windows 7 VM  had no effect.

Setting the network connections in the guest Windows 7 VM to home, work, or public did not seem to have any effect.

Is anyone else experiencing these long load time issues and have you gotten to a work around outside of using NCP or other native x64 IPSEC client?