How to install Cisco VPN client on ubuntu 11.10

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This tutorial explain how to install Cisco VPN client on ubuntu 11.10.On Ubuntu, you don't need to install the Cisco VPN Client: NetworkManager includes support for Cisco IPSec VPNs.

Procedure to follow

Install network-manager-vpnc using the following command from your terminal

sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc

This will install vpnc, network-manager-vpnc and network-manager-vpnc-gnome.

Now you need to left click on your network manager applet (Located in your notification area) And choose "Configure VPN..."

Now you need to click on Add

Choose VPN connection type as "Cisco Compatible VPN(VPNC)" and click on create

Enater your cisco VPN details under VPN tab

Now you need to select IPV4 Settings tab click on routes

Here you need to select "Use this connection only for resources on its network" click ok otherwise your traffic significantly slowed down

To start your new VPN, just follow the steps again, but instead of "Configure VPN", you'll click on the entry you created.

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16 Responses

  1. Techie Talks says:

    Thanks for sharing… I will try configure my VPN Client.

  2. Joseph Stackhouse says:

    Works great, much simplier than installing other Cisco VPN solutions!

  3. Dale Dalton says:

    Thanks for the great info….

  4. Sec geek says:

    thankx buddy for this sharing this information.

  5. Tom says:

    Great tut, saved me messing around with scripts!

  6. David says:

    Great post. Thanks.

  7. Rico says:

    I had 11.10 and didn’t see the Cisco option for VPN, just point-to-point. I have upgraded to 12.04 and still don’t see the Cisco option. When I tried to install vpnc, here’s what I get:

    $ sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package network-manager-vpnc is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘network-manager-vpnc’ has no installation candidate

    Any ideas? Thanks.

  8. K-SAN says:

    update your package list first
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc

    it works for me

  9. Rico says:

    Doing update first didn’t work me — still getting same message. What worked is I installed 12.04LTS from scratch (not via upgrade) and I was able to install network-manager-vpnc just fine. Maybe the /etc/apt/sources are not just set up properly on mine.


  10. hk says:

    Thanks Bro. You really helped me.

  11. Viren says:

    sudo apt-get was giving issue for me as well, then i tried synaptic package manager to install it successfully.

  12. Michael McNally says:

    Not connecting to Cisco ASA 510 for me. With advanced settings set to match what I have on my RV042 routers (IKE group, etc.) the icon shows attempting to connect. The lock icon will appear briefly but then immediately changes to the Ubuntu trying to connect icon. No traffic passes through vpn (cannot ping any of my remote hosts). How do I troubleshoot this??

  13. Charlie says:

    Thanks Ksan – your suggestion worked in new install of 12.04.

  14. Justin says:

    Works with my UC, thanks.

  15. AndyV says:

    running Ubuntu 12.04 LT I installed Cisco ASA throgh terminal but it doesn’t show anything. Doesn’t look like anything installed. Don’t see any thing; Should I post screen shot?

  16. Van says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve been searching for these steps for several days.

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