Requirements for Cisco Vpn Client, Pix 501 and Windows 7

What are the requirements in order to be able to connect to a Pix 501 with the Cisco Vpn client using Windows 7/Vista 32 bits ? What about 64 bits ?

Pix IOS version ?
Cisco Vpn client version ?

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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Since Cisco did not deliver any 64bit VPN client for a long time, many decided to use ShrewSoft VPN ( instead, which is compatible (and can be used for other gateways, too). IIRC, Cisco is meanwhile supporting 64bit W7 with an official or unofficial release.
AFAIK you do not have further requirements or restrictions with Cisco VPN. Besides - you cannot use it to connect to a VPN pre-login anymore. That is, you need to be logged in already on your PC to establish a VPN.
ndidomenicoAuthor Commented:
Our Pix software is 6.3(1), and we are using VPN client 4.6 or 4.8 on most of our XP laptops. So you are saying that this should work with Windows 7 32 bits without having to upgrade the Pix software or use the latest 5.x Vpn Client ?
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
I don't know. As far as I remember, 5.0 is needed for W7, but no upgrade of the PIX, and XP can still use 4.x without issues.
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You should be able to use 5.x VPN client with pix 6.3(1), but I highly recommend upgrading to 6.3(5)
There is a new 5.7 beta version of the Cisco  VPN client that supports Win7 and 64-bit clients.

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
^^ agreed I've used the x64 bit client and it works fine on win 7 (x32 and x64), if you don't have a valid support agreement though you will need a non Cisco client like shrew
You can use VPNC in 32- and 64-bit OS.
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