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Install the Shrew Soft VPN Client Software

You can install the Shrew Soft VPN client on any computer that uses Windows XP, 7, 8, or 8.1. The installation process includes two parts: install the client software on the remote computer and import the end-user profile into the client.

Before you start the installation, make sure you have these installation components:

  • The Shrew Soft VPN client installation file
  • A Shrew Soft VPN end-user profile (.vpn file)

For instructions to generate the Shrew Soft VPN end-user profile, see Generate Mobile VPN with IPSec Configuration Files.

Install the Shrew Soft VPN Client

  1. Copy the Shrew Soft VPN installation file to the remote computer.
  2. Run the .exe file.
    The Shrew Soft VPN Client Setup Wizard appears.
  3. Select the software edition to install.
    • Standard Edition — does not require a client license.
    • Professional Edition — supports additional features, but requires a client license from Shrew Soft after the 14 day trial period. See for more information.
  4. Select the destination folder.
  5. Complete the Setup Wizard.
    The Shrew Soft VPN client software and Shrew Soft VPN Client Administrators Guide are installed in the destination folder you selected.

Import the End-User Profile

  1. Copy the end-user profile (.vpn file) to the root directory on the remote (client or user) computer.
  2. From the Windows Start menu, start Shrew Soft VPN Access Manager.
    Shrew Soft VPN Access Manager appears.
  3. Select File > Import.
  4. Select the .vpn file you copied to the client computer in Step 1.
  5. Click Open.
    The VPN client configuration is imported and a new site configuration appears in the Shrew Soft VPN Access Manager window.

Each time you import a .vpn file, make sure that you use a unique file name. For example, if you generate an updated end-user profile, the .vpn file has the same name as the previously generated file. If necessary, you can rename the updated .vpn file before you import it to the Shrew Soft VPN Client. If you import a .vpn file that has the same name as a previously imported .vpn file, two site configurations with the same name appear in the Shrew Soft VPN Client , but only the most recently imported configuration operates correctly.

After you import the end-user profile, if you use certificates for authentication, you must import your certificates to the Shrew Soft VPN Client. However, if you used Policy Manager to generate the end-user profile client configuration file (.vpn file), the certificate is embedded in the .vpn file, so you do not have to manually import it. But, if you used Fireware Web UI or the CLI to generate the .vpn file, you must manually import the certificates to the Shrew Soft VPN client after you import the end-user profile.

For more information about how to import certificates to the Shrew Soft VPN Client, see Import Certificates to the Shrew Soft VPN Client.

See Also

About the Shrew Soft VPN Client

Mobile VPN with IPSec

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