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I have several customers that I connect to via Cisco VPN Client (v5 if that matters) on Windows. I'm doing some tidying up and was wondering if there was a simple way to be able to connect to the same vpn endpoints from a Linux desktop.

It is our clients who have purchased Cisco equipment so I can't simply download the Cisco Linux client without a login. If need be I can ask one of our clients to do the download but I'd rather sort this myself if possible.

After some digging round in ServerFault I found some references to vpnc. Is this a suitable solution or are there some additional hoops to jump through?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

I don't usually post links to my own material, but I happened to write a quick tutorial on vpnc on exactly this topic. Maybe it will be of use to you.

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+1 nice clear tutorial. Many thanks. – LRE Oct 20 '09 at 6:25
Dead link. Can you update it? – offby1 May 8 '13 at 23:29

VPNC worked great for me. I have never installed it myself, but it came pre-installed on Fedora 10 and 11. I loaded the .pcf file like it were any other client (using the NetworkManager frontend) and fired up the connection.

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how is it that whenever I ask what I think will be a hard question someone has a quick concise answer up within minutes? – LRE Oct 20 '09 at 2:45

I use vpnc all the time trough kvpnc graphical interface co connect to a 3005 vpn concentrator. Works great.

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Have you try out the Shrew Soft VPN Client ? It is free and available for both Windows and Linux.

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