The Cisco VPN Client can be preconfigured for mass deployments, and initial logins require little user intervention. It supports the innovative Cisco Easy VPN capabilities, delivering a uniquely scalable, cost-effective, and easy-to-manage remote access VPN architecture that eliminates the operational costs associated with maintaining a consistent policy and key management method. The Cisco Easy VPN feature allows the Cisco VPN Client to receive security policies upon a VPN tunnel connection from the central site VPN device (Cisco Easy VPN Server), minimizing configuration requirements at the remote location. This simple and highly scalable solution is ideal for large remote access deployments where it is impractical to individually configure policies for multiple remote PCs.
-Support for Windows 2000, XP and Vista (including SP1) x86; Linux (Intel); Solaris (UltraSparc 32- and 64-bit); and Mac OS X 10.4 & 10.5.
-VPN Virtual Interface Adapter present on Windows 2000, XP and Vista
-Application Programming Interface (API) allows you to control operation of the VPN client from another application
-System coexistence with Microsoft L2TP/IPsec client
-MSI (Windows Installer) package available for Windows
-Intelligent peer availability detection (DPD)
-Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP)
-Data compression (LZS)
-Command-line options for connecting, disconnecting, and connection status
-Configuration file with option locking
-Support for Microsoft network login (all platforms)
-Domain Name System (DNS) including DDNS/DHCP computer name population, Split DNS,
-Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), and IP address assignment
-Load balancing and backup server support
-Centrally controlled policies (including backup server list)
-Integrated personal firewall (stateful firewall): Zone Labs technology-Windows 2000 & XP only
-Personal firewall enforcement: Cisco Security Agent, Sygate, Zone Alarm-Windows only
-Integration with the iPass remote access client software, including: one-click (single sign-on), VPN auto-teardown, and Windows pre-login support-Windows only.
-Client connection auto initiation for wireless LAN environments
Computer with a Pentium-class processor or greater, including Tablet PC
Windows Vista (all released versions), XP, 2000, Server 2000, 2003, TabletPC 2004/2005
Note: For all Windows operating systems, only 32-bit platforms are supported.
TCP/IP installed. (Confirm via Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Protocols or Configuration.)
50 MB hard disk space.
–128 MB for Windows XP
(256 MB recommended)
–64 MB for Windows 2000
(128 MB recommended)
–32 MB for Windows 98
–64 MB for Windows NT and Windows ME
The Cisco VPN Client is compatible with the following Cisco products:
-Cisco 6500 / 7600 IPSec VPNSM and VPN SPA IOS Software Release 12.2SX and later
-Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator Software Version 3.0 and later
-Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(8)T and later
-Cisco PIX Security Appliance Software Version 6.0 and later
-Cisco ASA 5500 Series Software Version 7.0 and higher
The VPN Client release 5.0 introduces support for Windows Vista. (not a complete changelog as this is a pre-release)