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Install the VPN client for Linux

Before installing

You will need a /remote Kerberos instance and password to use the VPN software. If you do not already have those credentials, you can use the SCS Web-based tool to create or manage Kerberos instances for use with VPN and other remote-access systems.


Note: You will need root permissions to complete the installation.
  1. Download the installation tar file and README file for your Linux version from the networking downloads page.
  2. Unpack the tar file, which will create a directory called vpnclient containing the installation files.
  3. Verify system requirements & configuration. If you have previously installed VPN software on your computer, or have a nonstandard configuration, check the Cisco VPN client documentation [offsite link, will open in a new browser window] for the release notes and user guide for your platform and version of the client. The version of the client you downloaded will be reflected in the name of the tar file (e.g. linuxvpn-, and is also located near the start of the vpn_install script.
  4. Follow the installation instructions in "README," which contains basic installation instructions plus information you will need to configure and run the VPN software in our environment.