Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cisco VPN Client is not supported for Vista 64bit

Recently I have installed Vista Ultimate 64bit on my note book because I wanted to get the peak performance utilizing the existing hardware resources. Also my target is to run VMware ESX infrastructure on my note book for the R&D purposes. What I have is a HP DV series Core 2 Duo T9300 @ 2.5GHz, 6MB L2 Cash, Bus Speed 800Mhz and 4GB RAM.

(You can get a very basic idea about 64bit )

I found everything work perfectly with Vista 64bit but Cisco VPN client installation has failed . And then I found Cisco has clearly stated that they don’t have a plan to support VPN client for Vista 64bit.

“There are no current plans to provide 64-bit support for the Cisco VPN Client but 64-bit support is available for the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client” link:

And in the other end Microsoft provides VPN clients compatibility summary

Luckily Cisco AnyConnect VPN client came to picture and I have configured SSL VPN in Cisco ASA 5510 and now my Anyconnect VPN client works perfectly. It’s a SSL tunneling based connectivity and performance improves with DTLS tunneling and also it has many options of performance tuning. Still I didn’t evaluate the performance Vs Cisco VPN client.

Cisco any connect configuration can be found in
And Cisco ASDM latest versions provides SSL VPN Wizard and it will make your life easier.

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