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I am trying to connect to a Cisco VPN server using Windows Vista 64 bit. The Cisco client doesn't seem to like this setup, does anyone know how I can connect to Cisco VPN server? Is there an alternative to the Cisco client, or a way to get the Cisco client working?
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To the best of y knowledge the newest Vista compatible Cisco VPN client only works on 32bit machines.
If you have control of the Cisco server/router, you should be able to create PPTP VPN access, but Vista only supports MS-CHAP v2. Does your Cisco unit support v2, or is it limited to v1.
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I do not have access or information about the server. But I have heard that they have had a Vista computer (32 I assume) working with it. So, if Vista only supports v2, I would assume then that the server has it. Sadly, I am not involved with the company that has the server, so getting information would be difficult.
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The Cisco client does not use MS-CHAP (PPTP), rather it uses IPSec. If you have 64 bit I am afraid, so far, as far as I am aware, there is no solution.
As mentioned, if you control the Cisco router, you can set up a PPTP VPN and use the Windows client, but the Cisco manager may not want to do so, as it is a little less secure, and far less ability to control end users.
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So, if it is currently supported, I should be able to just connect using Windows? I will try that and see if it works.
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Yes but it may require a different user name and password.
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I had the same issue as you - trying to run Cisco VPN Client on Vista 64 Bit.  I found the solution and it works easily and great.  NCP Secure Communications has a Universal VPN Client that is 64 Bit compatible.  They just released a beta on Monday that will import/convert the Cisco pcf file.  I was able to install & configure in about 2 mins.  The URL is: http://www.ncp.de/ 
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