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What are the steps to connect to a Cisco VPN server using the ShrewSoft VPN Client?

It's important to note that there are different kinds of Cisco VPN connections:

  1. Cisco VPN with pre-shared key (IPSec)
  2. Cisco AnyConnect (SSL VPN)
  3. Cisco VPN with a .pcf file (IPSec)
  4. Cisco VPN with certificate (IPSec)

I have the detailed answer for 1., pre-shared key. i will be answering that myself.

I need a detailed answer for using ShrewSoft VPN as an alternative to Cisco AnyConnect.

I know the .pcf is easy; you can read about it.

For completeness the certificate version would be good.

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Since the ShrewSoft VPN client is an IPSec client, you aren't going to be able to use it for SSL VPNs (AnyConnect or otherwise). –  fencepost Jan 12 '12 at 23:25
    
Did you ever find a way to do 2? –  Asad May 16 at 20:22
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1. Cisco VPN with pre-shared key

Assume you have been given connection information for a Cisco VPN server:

Host: 64.34.199.12

Group ID: SUPERVENDOR
Password: *318#($@

User ID: ian@superuser.com
Password: ianvendor1234

These are the steps to use ShrewSoft VPN to connect to the Cisco VPN server, rather than the Cisco client:

  1. Create a new connection, and under Host name or IP Address enter the Host address (64.34.199.12):
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  2. On the Authentication tab, select Authentication Method of Mutual PSK + XAuth:
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  3. On the Authentication -> Local Authentication tab select Identification Type of Key Identifier:
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  4. Still on the Authentication -> Local Authentication tab, enter Key ID String of SUPERVENDOR:
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  5. On the Authentication -> Credentials tab, enter your Pre Shared Key of *318#($@:
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  6. Save the newly created connection, and click Connect

  7. When prompted for a username and password, enter your supplied User ID and Password, and click Connect:
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great answer. many thanks.! –  kajo Jun 19 '12 at 11:39
    
What you mean by group id is it group name? –  alsadk Jun 5 '13 at 14:49
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@alsadk Sure, why not. i'm not the one who decides Cisco's terminology; i'm just the one that wants them dead. –  Ian Boyd Jun 5 '13 at 14:57
    
thanks for answer. I have a problem where the VPN connection is brought up, it looks like I can send data but nothing being routed back. anything that needs to be done windows (firewall) wise? (windows 8.1 x64) thanks- sam –  sambomartin May 19 at 15:40
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