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Need to make Cisco VPN client version 5.0.06.0160 launch before I logon to Windows so that I will be able to logon to my company's domain remotely

Need to make Cisco VPN client version 5.0.06.0160 launch before I logon to Windows 7 so that I will be able to logon to my company's domain remotely.

I haved already added runatlogon=1 line to the vpnclient.ini file. However, even with this line added, the Cisco VPN client still doesn't launch before I logon to Windows.

What can be done to make it so that the Cisco VPN client will launch before I logon to Windows 7 (by pressing CTRL ALT DEL)?

Here are the contents of the vpnclient.ini file:

[main]
ClientLanguage=
runatlogon=1
[GUI]
runatlogon=1
WindowWidth=600
WindowHeight=330
WindowX=483
WindowY=176
VisibleTab=0
ConnectionAttribute=0
AdvancedView=1
LogWindowWidth=0
LogWindowHeight=0
LogWindowX=0
LogWindowY=0
DefaultConnectionEntry=NetxVPNASA
Cisco-VPN.png
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
The vpn client client software is now free, Create a Cisco Account..and call Tech Support. Their support number worldwide for TACS is:1 800 553 2447
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I looked it up on their support site and they say it does not support "Start Before Logon"..
".....Advisories for Windows 7 and Vista Users
Windows 7 and Vista users should be aware of the following characteristics of the AnyConnect Client.
Connection Time
Using the VPN Client to connect a PC running Windows 7 or Vista system might take longer than one running Windows XP. The actual time it takes to connect might vary from customer to customer.
Unsupported Features
The Cisco VPN Client for Windows 7 and Vista does not support the following features:
"Upgrade from Windows XP (clean OS installation required).
"Start Before Logon
"Integrated Firewall
"InstallShield
"64-bit support
For x-64 support, customers should explore with their Cisco sales representative the use of the next-generation Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.
"AutoUpdate
"Translated Online Help - Provided only in English
..."
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KnowledgeableNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Does anyone know of any sort of work around that will make it so that the Cisco VPN client can be set to launch before the Windows logon screen appears?
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souquetbressandCommented:
Are you running Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 R2?  If so, you may wish to look into DirectAccess, a new feature in Windows 7.  

Unfortunately, outside of that, there seem to be no current solutions for connecting to a VPN before the log on in Windows 7.
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souquetbressandCommented:
Alright, I was working on a solution with another EE member and they found that the following thread enable them to do exactly what you're asking for:

http://level2it.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/log-on-using-dial-up-connection-is-gone-in-windows-7/

Please report back to advise whether this works or not.
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greg wardSystems EngineerCommented:
if you want to log onto a windows machine that you have not logged onto befor and you have access to another account on the laptp (ie administrator) run this while connected to the vpn
in a dos box type
runas /user:domain\username "explorer /separate"
put in your password and it will cache a copy of your profile (can take a while if you have a large profile and slow link...)
when the explorer window opens you can log off and log on as yourself.
Also this will not work if your domain policy does not allow cached profiles.

Greg
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Dimarc67Commented:
Discovered today that the "Start Before Login" is not necessary when joining a remote Windows 7 system to a domain through a Cisco VPN client 5.0.7 connection.

1.  Logon to the Windows 7 system with a local administrator account.
2.  Open the Cisco VPN client, and connect to the VPN.
3.  Join the system to the domain, making sure to enter the domain name's FQDN, not netBIOS name--i.e., "mydomain.local", not "mydomain".
4.  Restart the system, and logon with local administrator account.
5.  Open the Cisco VPN client, and connect to the VPN.  You should then automatically be prompted to "Continue" or cancel the VPN connection.  Clicking "Continue" will automatically log you out without closing the VPN tunnel.
6.  Login with your domain account.

This worked flawlessly on two Windows 7 systems, fresh installs, whose only connection to the Windows 2008 R2 domain was through the Cisco VPN tunnel.
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gweeeepCommented:
if you want to log onto a windows machine that you have not logged onto befor and you have access to another account on the laptp (ie administrator) run this while connected to the vpn
in a dos box type
runas /user:domain\username "explorer /separate"
put in your password and it will cache a copy of your profile (can take a while if you have a large profile and slow link...)
when the explorer window opens you can log off and log on as yourself.
Also this will not work if your domain policy does not allow cached profiles.


totally worked for me, thanks man.  Main office in Perth, remote user in Melbourne - OMG what a save.  Mind you, I never had the explorer window pop up, even after 4 minutes of waiting.  It executed the command successfully after a moment and then returned to the dos prompt.  I ran it twice to be sure to be sure, logged off and back on as the remote user and all was well.
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