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    Unhappy Problem with vpn pcf file

    Hello,

    Managed to install cisco vpn from following URL > hxxp://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/network/vpn/vpnclient_linux.htm

    Copied my preconfigured pcf file from windows to /etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profile but it throws error saying >
    linux-vs5s:/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles # vpnclient connect abc.pcf
    Cisco Systems VPN Client Version 4.8.02 (0030)
    Copyright (C) 1998-2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Client Type(s): Linux
    Running on: Linux 2.6.27.7-9-pae #1 SMP 2008-12-04 18:10:04 +0100 i686
    Config file directory: /etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient

    The profile specified could not be read.
    linux-vs5s:/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles #
    Given chmod 777 and chown too.

    Any hints why not able to connect?
    Also checked my pcf file and fixed IP address but not working still.

    Any hints?

    Regards,
    Amey.

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    Default Re: Problem with vpn pcf file

    Are you on Gnome or KDE?
    How are you launching the vpn client?

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    Default Re: Problem with vpn pcf file

    Quote Originally Posted by bjritz View Post
    Are you on Gnome or KDE?
    How are you launching the vpn client?
    Hello,

    I am using KDE
    I am using vpnclient connect <My profile> command to connect via konsole using root bash shell.

    Regards,
    Amey.

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    Default Re: Problem with vpn pcf file

    On Wed, 2009-06-24 at 18:16 +0000, sco1984 wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Managed to install cisco vpn from following URL >
    > hxxp://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/network/vpn/vpnclient_linux.htm


    Ok... first, the Cisco VPN client is NOT a free client, unless you are
    paying your dues to Cisco.

    Second, the Cisco client is kernel module, and as such, it often
    destroys things after running for awhile (unstable).

    Third, your company may tell you that you have to run it because unlike
    vpnc, it doesn't allow you to override split tunneling. That's a lie.
    I can show you how to make that work with the Cisco proprietary client.

    My BEST recommendation, if that, if possible, you run vpnc instead. With
    that said, there are some things that vpnc cannot do....so YMMV.
    Fortunately, I'm friends with our Network Admin, and so, for right now,
    we can use vpnc instead of the broken Cisco client.

    >
    > Copied my preconfigured pcf file from windows to
    > */etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profile* but it throws error saying >
    > > linux-vs5s:/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles # vpnclient connect
    > > abc.pcf
    > > Cisco Systems VPN Client Version 4.8.02 (0030)
    > > Copyright (C) 1998-2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    > > Client Type(s): Linux
    > > Running on: Linux 2.6.27.7-9-pae #1 SMP 2008-12-04 18:10:04 +0100 i686
    > > Config file directory: /etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient
    > >
    > > The profile specified could not be read.
    > > linux-vs5s:/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles #
    > >

    >
    > Given chmod 777 and chown too.
    >
    > Any hints why not able to connect?
    > Also checked my pcf file and fixed IP address but not working still.
    >
    >
    > Any hints?


    I have access the Cisco client... I guess I could give it a shot and let
    you know what I see. If I do this it would be with openSUSE 11.1 64bit.
    (I'm NOT well motivated to do this though... again, it WILL NEVER
    operate correctly... NEVER... unless Cisco goes open source... which is
    unlikely).

    I think the last one I tested was 8.01, and that one I know for sure
    required some patching to run on newer kernels... but it ran as well as
    the Cisco client can...




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