After using the Windows 7 RC for the last few months, I finally had to update it once March 1st rolled around. I had been using the 32-bit version but decided to go with the 64-bit for the full version.
Since I work from home sometimes I was going to need VPN access to my work machine. I went to install the Cisco VPN client that we use and found that I couldn’t install it since it only came in a 32-bit flavor. I figured it would be easy to just get a 64-bit compatible version and I would be on my way. I soon found out that Cisco doesn’t offer a 64-bit version unless you purchase their “AnyConnect” software which is an additional charge.
Since I was already at home and needed a solution immediately I started searching around. I soon came upon a piece of software that some people of the forums said would work. The software is ShrewVPN from Shrew.net.
After I installation it took me a minute to figure out how to run it since it didn’t add an entry into All Programs. I browsed to Program Files/ShrewSoft/VPN Client and found a few application files to run. I eventually found that ipseca.exe was the file I need to run.
Once the app loaded up it was pretty easy to configure since I had the Cisco configuration file (.pcf) from work. I selected File/Import from the menu and browsed the .pcf file. Once it was selected I was able to connect to my work VPN without any problems!