Cisco VPN Client

VPN Client to Accomodate Third-Party Client Software Configuration Example

Document ID: 68178

Updated: Jan 19, 2006



The Cisco VPN Client documentation titled Understanding the Cisco VPN Client states that the Cisco VPN Client can coexist with Third-Party client software. This includes compatibility with Microsoft, Nortel, Checkpoint, Intel, and other VPN Clients. This compatibility includes the ability to use other VPN products while the VPN Client is installed. It does not allow each VPN Client to make connections simultaneously.



The Cisco VPN Client is available for download from Software Download for VPN Clients (registered customers only) in two formats. One format utilizes the Microsoft Installer (MSI) and the other format utilizes InstallShield (IS). It is a requirement of this procedure that you use the MSI installer. Therefore, when you download the Cisco VPN Client, ensure you download the correct file. For example, vpnclient-win-msi- (VPN Client Software for 2000/XP - Microsoft Installer).

Components Used

The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


Refer to the Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.

Use Multiple VPN Clients

If you wish to have multiple VPN Clients installed on one machine, you need to install the Cisco VPN Client using files downloadable from this document.

If the Cisco VPN Client is already installed, you need to uninstall it before you continue this procedure.

  1. Download the MSI installer from Software Download for VPN Clients (registered customers only) .

  2. Double click the executable file.

  3. Extract the files from the executable to a specific directory when prompted. Be sure to note the directory to which you extract the files.

  4. Click Extract Files.

  5. Click OK and Close when the extraction is complete.

  6. Download

  7. Extract the zipped files to the same directory as the VPN Client install files (as in step 3).

  8. Double click the batch file mstclient.bat. The batch file automatically launches the VPN Client Installer.

  9. Follow the prompts to install the VPN Client. Refer to Installing the VPN Client for more information on the VPN Client installation.


There is currently no verification procedure available for this configuration.


There is currently no specific troubleshooting information available for this configuration.

Related Information

Updated: Jan 19, 2006
Document ID: 68178