Cisco killing off IPsec VPN Client, forcing even more licensing fees
Doesn’t come as a surprise to me given that the client is still flaky on Vista and Windows 7 to this day, there is still no version compatible with 64 bit Windows (and never will be), but Cisco has ceased development of their IPsec VPN client. They’re forcing users to their SSL VPN product, which comes along with per-user licensing fees – something that did not apply to the IPsec VPN client. Cisco customers are paying an arm and a leg for the ASA and/or IOS hardware, and ought to have continued to be able to use any VPN without additional licensing fees on top of that.
But thanks Cisco, from a Cisco certified professional now making a good chunk of his living off replacing Cisco hardware with pfSense. I’m sure you’ve just driven a lot of folks to look at lower cost options, especially open source.
Can’t say I really care for the Cisco VPN Client anyway, it has blue screened Windows on me more in the past couple years than everything else combined (though the Mac version has never caused me any trouble).
Shrew Soft IPsec client is a nice, free alternative that’s proven to be more stable in my experience.