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  1. #1

    Question Cisco VPN and openSUSE 11.1

    Hello,

    I started this thread in the wrong forum - applications. It should have been here.

    I recently came over to opensuse from another variant of Linux as i was trying to get Pidgin configured and never could. I saw that I could here, so here I am.

    I got Pidgin installed ok, but I can't get VPN to work. I could on my other Linux.

    I've been following a thread:

    http://forums.opensuse.org/network-i...nclient.htmlPN

    and I can get the following:

    jdlandry:~/Desktop/Downloads/vpnclient> vpnclient connect AmericasEast
    Cisco Systems VPN Client Version 4.8.01 (0640)
    Copyright (C) 1998-2007 Cisco Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Client Type(s): Linux
    Running on: Linux 2.6.27.29-0.1-pae #1 SMP 2009-08-15 17:53:59 +0200 i686
    Config file directory: /etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient

    Initializing the VPN connection.
    Contacting the gateway at 148.57.112.232
    Contacting the gateway at 148.57.5.58
    Contacting the gateway at 143.32.3.51
    Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client
    Reason: Failed to establish a VPN connection.
    There are no new notification messages at this time.
    jdlandry:~/Desktop/Downloads/vpnclient>

    I've tried setting up Kvpnc and using that instead. I can get my company pcf profile imported but unable to connect:

    "No response from VPN server"

    I feel like I am really close, but unable to cross over.

    Can someone help please?

    Thanks in advance.

    JD

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    Default Re: Cisco VPN and openSUSE 11.1

    Hmmm.. on the surface it would seem to me that possibly you have a firewall blocking the ports? I use CiscoVPN 4.8.01 on suse 11.1 (2.6.27.29-0.1-pae) every day.. It has worked well, so I know there isnt an incompatability issue between SuSE and the VPN client. I have also used Kvpnc.. Can you check your router to ensure the ports arent being blocked? If you do an /sbin/ifconfig do you see a device for the cisco VPN client? If not, are the services running? Try to manually start them with - sudo /etc/init.d/vpnclient_init start

    Just some suggestions.. I hope some of this info will help

    M

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    Default Re: Cisco VPN and openSUSE 11.1

    Thanks for the reply M

    Here's what I got trying what you suggested:

    jdlandry:/sbin # ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1E:68:0C:70:81
    inet addr:10.250.24.245 Bcast:10.250.24.255 Mask:255.255.255.240
    inet6 addr: fe80::21e:68ff:fe0c:7081/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1400 Metric:1
    RX packets:13084 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:8974 errors:32 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:9343051 (8.9 Mb) TX bytes:910657 (889.3 Kb)
    Interrupt:20 Base address:0xe000

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:53 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:53 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:10280 (10.0 Kb) TX bytes:10280 (10.0 Kb)

    jdlandry:/sbin # sudo /etc/init.d/vpnclient_init start
    Starting /opt/cisco-vpnclient/bin/vpnclient: module cisco_ipsec is already running. Use restart instead.
    jdlandry:/sbin #

    I tried the restart and got the same results:

    Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client
    Reason: Failed to establish a VPN connection.

    Did you have to do anything 'certificate wise' with your VPN? Just wondering. I copied over the pcf file from my Windows box and placed it in the profiles folder.

    What all did you do to establish a connection?

    Thanks

    Jim

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    Default Re: Cisco VPN and openSUSE 11.1

    I didnt do anything certificate wise.. Can you look in the profile to see what the vpn host is and try to ping it? Just want to make sure the VPN host is accessible.. I pass the profile name to the client to ensure it tries the specific VPN host like this - '/usr/local/bin/vpnclient connect vpnwest' This ensures it loads vpnwest.pcf in my Profiles folder (/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles)

    I dont imagine my info is of much help.. Your services start so I assume the client is built ok and functional.. You might fire up Kvpnc, import the .pcf file, and see if you can turn on some logging to see if you can get more info as to the problem..

    M

  5. #5

    Default Re: Cisco VPN and openSUSE 11.1

    M,

    "I pass the profile name 'vpnclient connect vpnwest' ... That's what I do:

    /vpnclient connect AmericasEast that is sitting in my profiles folder.

    "You might fire up Kvpnc, import the .pcf file, and see if you can turn on some logging to see if you can get more info as to the problem.." ... I've imported the pcf file. and it all looks good. I'll try some log generating though if I can and see if that helps.

    Thanks.

    Jim

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