Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cisco AnyConnect Client

For those that are still using the older AnyConnect Client there are several reasons to upgrade to the newer 2.4.0202 release or at a minimum the 2.3.2016 release. The 2.3.2016 fixed some issues with passcode vs password prompts within the Client windows when logging in. If you are using RSA SecurID I would recommend moving to 2.3.2016 or 2.4.0202 to avoid the sort of confusion the older client presents for end users.

The release notes for AnyConnect 2.4.0202 are here. Note that this version officially supports Microsoft Windows 7 32 and 64 bit and Apple OS X 10.6 and 10.6.1 both 32 and 64 bit.

One of the more interesting features they added was the Trusted Network Detection (TND) which in essence allows the AnyConnect client to determine when it is already on a trusted network and disconnect from the VPN or if it is NOT on a trusted network to initiate the VPN connection. I think this feature might need a bit of time before it works out all the kinks but it looks promising. I see it as an attempt by Cisco to address the unique abilities of Microsoft's DirectAccess feature without having to engineer anything new.
- Ed

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