Emulation of Software VPN client



  • I think that I know the answer already but I am seeking confirmation.

    My company insist on using the pain in the royals Cisco VPN client, this app is so mandblowingly incompatible with the likes of Windows 7 and any 64 bit OS renders it mega unstable to boot …. it is also near impossible to get up to date versions unless you sign in blood for a Cisco account.

    So can its behaviour be reproduced in openVPN ... it triggers a username / password prompt AFTER it authenticates with the target system (I have the user ID and Password for this) so I'm guessing I can't reproduce this in openVPN.



  • The short answer is no.

    The longer answer is that it would be better to ask questions about the capability of a program on it's own mailing list or forum ;)


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I think you can do something like this on pfSense 2.0

    There is an option in the 2.0 gui for "SSL/TLS + User Auth" but I haven't tried it.



  • That assumes that OpenVPN speaks the same VPN protocols as Cisco.  I'm pretty sure Cisco's VPN use either IPsec or PPTP, neither of which OpenVPN use.



  • Try this
    http://www.ncp-e.com/en/downloads/software.html
    It is compatible with the cisco client and works on 32 and 64 bit XP/Vista/Windows 7.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @Cry:

    That assumes that OpenVPN speaks the same VPN protocols as Cisco.  I'm pretty sure Cisco's VPN use either IPsec or PPTP, neither of which OpenVPN use.

    The impression I got is that he wanted to ditch the Cisco VPN entirely and see if an OpenVPN client could connect to pfSense and then get a login prompt post-connect.



  • I appreciate the tips, I will try that app too.

    I would like to get rid of all these VPN client things when I am sat home (which is my place of work when not globe trotting) and just have the vpn fire up when I access certain places like the corporate E-Mail servers in the same way that my IPSec works.

    The reason for this is that I can't use the laptop for anything that requires access outside the VPN i.e. accessing my printer or NAS !! when it is logged in with Cisco (assuming that it actually works - it doesn't always as it loses the profile settings and needs a PC reboot to fix)


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    So you'd want pfSense to hook into your VPN, which is Cisco on the other end?

    That's a little different, but again it may work in 2.0 as it should support xauth, which is how Cisco's VPN client does the authentication beyond using the psk/group/etc.

    Not sure if it would work, but it stands a better chance.


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