Alternative to Cisco VPN Client for Windows 7 64-bit

A few months back I posted a blog entry about a VPN client for Vista 64-bit. My problem was that Cisco did not offer a VPN client and I needed one. I came across the NCP Secure Entry Client which I have been using since that time with great success. Actually that is one of the most visited blog posts. I must say that the company does an amazing job at supporting the tool, although I had minimal issues with it in the beginning anyway. I have to point out one instance where Someone posted a question on my blog regarding the tool, and it was not something that I could answer. So I contacted support and mentioned the question and they took time to answer the question on my blog. Now that is support!

Recently I decided to give the Windows 7 Beta a try and I have been pleased to say the least. As I was walking through my list of applications to install, I came across the NCP Client. Not thinking clearly, it was like 3 a.m., I attempted to install the Vista 64-bit version. Windows 7 made me try a few times, but it finally was installed, but I was unable to import my connection settings (.pcf file). I decided I would hold off on any panic until I visited the website to see if maybe there was a more recent version or a forum post answered my dilemma. To my surprise the NCP Secure Entry Client has a Windows 7 beta version as well. Now how many companies out there are offering a beta product for a beta operating system? That was a rhetorical question.

I held off on posting anything this time around until I had plenty of time to see if I encountered issues. Having gone through pain trying to get the Vista version installed I was concerned about the installation process. Well, it worked the first try without any hand holding which was nice. Then I figured I might encounter the problem importing my .pcf file again. Nope! It worked without a hitch. So I have been using the new version for around 3 weeks now and it has performed perfectly. So if you are looking for a VPN Client for Windows 7 64-bit, the NCP Secure Entry Client is again a very good option.

Update Virtual PC before installing Windows 7

I installed Windows 7 as a Virtual PC last night and all went well, except that my mouse responded slowly. So with the operating system in place I attempted to install the Virtual Machine additions. I actually had to run the setup myself because the menu option did not start the process as it had in the past. After the install, I did the obligatory reboot and was shocked to see the blue screen of death. Yep, I said it, and you can see it below.

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I immediately had a clue of the cause because I remember hearing that there was a Service Pack released for Virtual PC 2007. It would make sense that Windows 7 would probably need something that was part of that Service Pack. Anyway, I was easily able to repair the system and Windows 7 was working again.

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After downloading and installing the Service Pack, which is available here, I attempted to install the Virtual Additions and it worked directly from the menu, which was good sign. After the reboot of Windows 7, I was greeted with the login screen. So lesson learned, you want to confirm you have the latest version of Virtual PC before doing any installs of Windows 7.

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