[ale] cisco vpn help

Jim Kinney jim.kinney at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 21:56:23 EDT 2008

On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 3:59 PM, Michael Hirsch <mdhirsch at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 8:22 AM, Jim Popovitch <yahoo at jimpop.com> wrote:
> > 2008/10/9 mike barnes <mdb3624 at gmail.com>:
> >> I have a cisco vpn client for windows which has all of the vpn
> information.
> >> I need to get that information and move it to a linux machine.
> >>
> >> Does anyone know how I can do this?
> >
> > Several ways.
> >
> > 1) Get the Cisco Linux vpnclient and use the same .pcf file as you did
> > on Windows.
> >
> > 2) (If running Gnome) Add the NetworkManager Vpnc extensions and
> > import your .pcf into NetworkManager.
> >
> > 3) Install vpnc and create a /etc/vpnc/*.conf script with the details
> > from you .pcf
> Only problem with 3) is that there is often an encrypted secret in the
> .pcf file and vpnc needs the plain text.  The good news is that there
> are scrits, and even a website, you can use to decrypt the secret.
> In generate I recommend using vpnc instead of the cisco client.  It
> doesn't go into your kernel and need recompiling every time you
> upgrade, and it support 64 bit and multiprocessor.  Last time I tried
> the cisco client it didn't support those.  Maybe that has changed.

Nope. Still 32-bit and requires kernel modules. Also makes it very hard if
you are multi-tasking and working on two separate networks. Once the crisco
fires up the only net access is through the crisco vpn.

With new gnome-keyring and NetworkManager, the keys can be stored in the
private keyring and not as clear text in a file.

Use crisco networking gear 'cause it takes "grease" to get them!

> Michael
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James P. Kinney III
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