The Good and Bad in 64-Bit Vista

Posted: December 10, 2008 in 64-Bit, Posts

We’ve written before about the trouble with VPN support for Vista x64. This week in PC Magazine (syndicated to ExtremeTech), Michael Miller discusses again the surprises users may encounter when using Vista x64 to connect to a Cisco VPN:

And finally, I come to the program that has caused me the most trouble: the Cisco VPN client. The traditional client, which uses the IPSEC protocol to connect with a corporate server, does not support 64-bit; and currently Cisco has no announced plans to do a version that supports it. Instead, the company suggests switching to its AnyConnect VPN software, but that requires an SSL connection – a major change to a company’s security infrastructure that is far more complex than buying a new PC. I’m annoyed and disappointed at Cisco’s decision here.

Any readers dealing with this issue in either the corporate or personal sphere? We’re interested in hearing if you’ve negotiated the switch to AnyConnect, refrained from using Vista x64 in your environment, or come up with another way to meet the needs of users working on an OS that is incompatible with the company’s security infrastructure. Please leave a comment with any feedback!

  1. While I have not personally used the product on 64 bit windows, OpenVPN (an open source SSL based vpn) is supposedly fully functional. I’ve used it with 32 bit operating systems (it is somewhat platform neutral, with both clients and servers having full ability to run on both Windows and Linux), and found it to be well performing and solid. I’ve included a link below to the current stable Windows client.

    Added advantage is the price.


  2. Quynh Ngo says:

    SSL VPN or WEB VPN, almost all vendor have them now. Most equipments already have web or hosted VPN, but no one like to enable it. It is found on most Routers and Firewall, which ebable a separate access page (HTML) to each and every user depending to their access level.

    You can create many different profiles that can assign to different users. For example, one user log in, and all they can see is file share for them only, while another user log in and have full access to the network.

    It is OS independent which can run on anything that have access to the internet, and some SSL endpoint can also force a cache cleaner after the session is ended.

    Hosted ones work well with handhelds too, as long as your handheld are JAVA capable. But you shouldn’t worry about it since it can run parallel with your IPSEC VPN. SSL VPN use port 443 IPSEC use port 500 as you can see, they can both be enable on the same Interface/IP.

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