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About the Cisco VPN Client


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Downloading the Cisco VPN Client:

TCisco no longer actively develops or releases new versions of this application. The software will remain available from Cisco only until 29 July 2014 when it reaches end-of-life (EOL). Cisco distributes this software only through limited channels. Specifically, it is provided with some business security products or only donwloadable through business-to-business accounts, not intended for use by the average consumer.
See - http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2308/index.html

System Requirements:

Cisco VPN Client runs on the following operating systems:
  • Windows XP or newer versions of Microsoft Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Solaris Unix

VPN Servers Supported:

The Cisco VPN client is compatible with the following VPN servers from Cisco:
  • Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator Software 3.0 and later
  • Cisco IOS Software 12.2(8)T and later
  • Cisco PIX Firewall Software 6.0 and later

VPN Tunneling Protocols Supported:

PPTP, L2TP, L2TP/IPsec and several other forms of IPsec related to ESP, NAT, UDP and TCP.

Client Restrictions:

  • incompatible with VPN clients from other vendors
  • incompatible with many personal firewalls. Firewalls may need to be specially configured, or turned off, when running the Cisco VPN client
  • incompatible with Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
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