Here is the steps to install the Cisco VPN client application on linux based servers. We have found several customers use their cisco router to manage their VPN Network, therefore by following this simple steps you should be able to install and configure your linux server as a VPN client.

- Download vpnclient-linux- from ServerBuddies file server:

  1. cd /usr/local/src
  2. wget

- Uncompress the application:

  1. tar xzf vpnclient-linux-

You will see a new folder created called “vpnclient” ‘cd’ into it and run the installation script

  1. cd vpnclient
  2. ./vpn_install

Answer the following questions:

Directory where binaries will be installed?

Automatically start the VPN service at boot time?

Directory containing linux kernel source code?
You will need to search where your kernel source code is, 90% of the cases will be on /lib/modules/`uname -r`
For this example we will use:


If you cant find your kernel source files, it’s probably you dont have it, you will need to download the kernel-devel package:

  1. yum install kernel-devel

Note: Double check you are downloading the right kernel version that you currently use by typing:

  1. uname -r


To Start you vpnclient type:

  1. /etc/init.d/vpnclient_init start

Keep in mind that Cisco VPN profiles are both compatible in Linux or Windows so if you have already a Windows myprofile.pcf cisco vpn client profile you can move it to /etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient/Profiles/ for use it on your linux server later.

To start the VPN connection using your current profile just type:

  1. vpnclient connect myprofile

This cisco vpnclient version should be able to run on latest kernel version, but if you run into problems installing your Cisco VPN Client feel free to contact our Tech Support Staff.

* ServerBuddies Team.

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