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VPDN Service and information about clients

Note: October 2014

This page is for the old VPDN service. Documentation for the replacement VPN service is in preparation.

Client software is available for Mac OSX, for 32-bit Windows platforms other than Windows 95 and Windows NT, and for Linux:

PlatformLeaflet
Windows Vista Microsoft native client recommended: both Vista Business, Home Extra and Ultimate contain all the necessary components. G56
Cisco client not supplied by the CS, since it is not believed to be necessary. (The version of the client supplied on CD for Windows 2000 and XP will not work with Vista) N/A
Windows 7 Microsoft native client recommended: both Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate contain all the necessary components. G57
Cisco client not supplied by the CS, since it is not believed to be necessary. (The version of the client supplied on CD for Windows 2000 and XP will not work with Windows 7). N/A
Macintosh OSX Macintosh native client deprecated. N/A
Configuring the VPDN for Macs, using VPNC See here
For 10.6 and earlier users the Cisco client is recommended: requires installation; subject to usage and export restrictions imposed by the US government. For 10.7 and later, see VPNC above. G58 (for 10.6 and earlier)
Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad etc) Currently not supported due to incompatibilities with the VPN infrastructure. N/A
Linux Locally modified GPL client recommended; requires installation. See here
Cisco client deprecated: requires installation; subject to usage and export restrictions imposed by the US government. N/A

To use this service you must register by completing the online form at http://userforms.csx.cam.ac.uk/vpdn.

Potential users of this service should note that, depending on the platform used and the means by which the remote computer is connected to the external ISP, the configuration of the remote computer, the client software and possible intermediate devices such as firewalls can be complex, requiring a substantial degree of technical competence. Furthermore, because of the variety of remote computer types, operating systems and their configuration, network connections and ISPs, together with the fact that the installation is remote, the Computing Service does not undertake to provide support in configuring or sorting out problems relating to the remote end. In particular it should be noted that we are unable to provide any support in using PDAs or other mobile devices with the VPDN service and that anyone who attempts this should consider themselves to be entirely on their own.