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Automatically Creating VPN Connection Profiles on the Cisco VPN Client

Posted on 2011-09-27
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I have a new client who already has the Cisco VPN Client installed on all their laptops.   I need to figure out an automated way to create a new connection profile in their Cisco VPN Client so they can access applications at our datacenter.  This customer is over 10 hours away so I can't just add the new connection myself.  I know when I create a new VPN connection, it creates a .pfc file.  Is there a script I can create that the user can run on his laptop that will automatically create that connection profile on the Cisco VPN Client.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
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PCF files are easily imported when opened on a machine that has the Cisco VPN Client installed.  If you create the appropriate PCF file on your computer and distribute it to your users, all they need to do is import and the Cisco VPN Client will have the entry.

Optionally, you can use a script to copy the PCF file into their local "C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\Profiles" (Windows) or "/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles" (Macintosh) directory. The next time the Cisco VPN Client is started, the connection entry will appear.
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Thanks.  Yeah, II think I am just going to create a script to copy the PCF file to the appropriate location on all laptops.  Times like this I wish I had an SSL VPN Client, such as AnyConnect, so users could just go to a website and download the client and connections profile and connect.  
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Now that Cisco has announced end-of-life for the Cisco VPN Client, other options will need to be looked at sooner or later. Depending on the platform you're running (ASA vs IOS) there are a few different ways you can go.  I've been doing L2TP/IPsec on many of the IOS boxen I've been configuring.  This is an option on many PIX/ASA units too, though I hear the latest versions have removed this functionality.
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