I am disappointed in Cisco.
I have Vista Ultimate x64 installed on my snappy new Red laptop but I cannot install Cisco VPN Client software on it because Cisco VPN Client does not run on Vista 64-bit platforms.
Digging around for a work-around, I came across a couple interesting comments. One comment, from someone who claims to be with Cisco VPN Client Support, states:
"...as mentioned many times on this thread, NO x86-64 support for Windows. Cisco IPSec client will NOT be ported to support 64bit version of Windows now or in the future. If you require 64bit support on Windows please look at migrating to AnyConnect."
Does Cisco think 64-bit OS's are a passing fad? Are they holding out for the 128-bit operating systems before bothering to release an upgrade? What's the logic behind such a move? There has to be some logical explanation...
Release Notes for AnyConnect version 2.2 indicate something new (hardware?) is required to work with 64-bit Vista, but it's entirely possible I'm misreading the notes. I do not know what an Adaptive Security Appliance is.
Other applications install and run in 32-bit mode. Is there some reason - security-related or other - that the Cisco VPN client cannot run in this mode?
I'm forced to create a virtual PC with a 32-bit OS installed just so I can communicate with clients remotely. It is, as I wrote earlier, disappointing.