Saturday Nov 14, 2009

64-bit Windows VPN to SWAN

This is a short entry for those other Sun employees who have 64-bit Windows machines at home who wish to be able to connect to SWAN via the VPN without resorting to running OpenSolaris or Linux inside a VM.


Cisco do not provide a 64-bit compatible VPN client for free.  However, a third party, Shrew Soft, do.  Shrew Access Manager can be downloaded from http://www.shrew.net/download/vpn - I can confirm that development build 2.1.5-rc4 definitely connects to SWAN on Windows 7 release.


The steps to configure this are very basic:



  1. Download and install Shrew Access Manager (http://www.shrew.net/download/vpn)

  2. Visit the Sun download library (https://downloadlibrary.central.sun.com/) and download vpn_client_profiles.tar.gz.  This file can be found by following the download trail for VPN 3000 and selecting Linux as the client

  3. Extract the relevant pcf file for your GEO (in my case this is EMEA_UK.pcf)

  4. From Shrew Access Manager select File->Import to import the relevant pcf file

  5. Connect and enter your Sun VPN userid and provide a token generated with button 8 on the token card


It's also worth pointing out that I also have Punchin configured, so ITOps have a public certificate for me on file.


Good luck!

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