[K12OSN] CISCO vpn client for linux

Lewis Holcroft lewis at pcc.com
Wed Oct 6 15:22:22 UTC 2004


I'm glad to know this is in use and works.

I should say I am new to this process and site I am connecting too are 
all windows folks. So the learning curve is steep.

I did run into a problem. I am running the vpnclient on the server and 
when it does connect the LAN gets disabled. This is a problem as all of 
the local desktops stop responding. Are folks using the vpnclient on 
the server or on workstations on the network? Is this a configurable 

I'm working with no documentation here. So I'm really in the dark.


On Oct 5, 2004, at 7:42 PM, Terrell Prudé, Jr. wrote:

> Lewis Holcroft wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have rolled out a K12LTSP 4.0 cluster of 5 servers (I could upgrade 
>> but I just got this installation working and am going to wait a 
>> while)  and now that we have all the equipment in we are told that 
>> the client needs to use a $MS product. The vendor does not offer a 
>> Linux version so....
>> The first step is to set up a vpn link. The vendor uses CISCO 3000 
>> series product and has sent along a copy of the cisco vpn client 
>> version
>> This requires the kernel source to install. That was fun to install.
>> When I start the daemon I get messages about tainting the kernel, 
>> which concerns me. Should I be concerned? I think so.
>> Is anyone running this vpn client?
>> If so, does it work well or have problems?
>> Thanks
>> Lewis
> I have been using the Cisco VPN Client since v4.0.3B, up to and 
> including the 4.6 version specified above, since 4.0.3B came out.  
> Works fine, though for 2.6 kernels, experience has taught me that you 
> will need the 4.6 version for reliable operation.
> I have successfully done this on Red Hat Linux 9, Slackware GNU/Linux 
> 9.1 and 10.0, and SuSE Linux 9.1.  "Tainted" simply means that a 
> proprietary, i. e. non-GPL kernel module is getting inserted into the 
> kernel.  Doesn't affect operation, but I wish Cisco would be less 
> anally retentive about the GPL.
> --TP
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