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Hi i'm using ubuntu and new to cisco vpn anyconnect client. I have installed it successfully and establish the connection by giving the user name and password. But it is showing the timeout error. So i have installed the vpn manually and tried to connect by using vpnc-connect and it is asking following things.

IPsec Gateway

IPsec ID

IPsec secret key



I'm only having user name and password for my vpn client. I really not aware of what we have to give for Gateway ,IPsec ID and IPsec secret key. I have used the for gateway and for ID and secret key many forums used to convert the pcf file to conf file. But i couldn't find the pcf file too in my system. Can anyone explain me way to use the Cisco VPN Client, IPsec Gateway,IPsec ID,IPsec secret key.

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You'll need to contact your VPN provider, and ask them for the details. If just anyone had the secret key, it wouldn't be very secret, would it? – daxlerod Jul 11 '13 at 15:19
@daxlerod If the secret key has to be known to connect to the VPN, then it's already "not a secret" among anyone that connects to the VPN. – Darth Android Jul 11 '13 at 16:59
Fair enough. Point stands though, it is doubtful anyone here can provide that information. – daxlerod Jul 11 '13 at 20:14

You are probably confused because the GUI and command line versions uses different terms for the same things. According to

−−gateway <ip/hostname>
  IP or host name of your IPSec gateway

−−id <ASCII string>
  Your group name in <ASCII string>

In other words: "IPsec gateway" is the VPN server and "IPsec id/key" refers to the so-called "group name/password". These things are somewhat mandatory configuration options when dealing with Cisco VPN thingys. Only your network admin can tell you what they should be set to.

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