Archive for July, 2013

Windows 8.1 and Cisco VPN – Error 56

July 19, 2013 5 comments

After upgrading my OS to Windows 8.1, I ran into the following error dialog when trying to launch my Cisco VPN client:


Cisco VPN Error 56


I went to my Services and tried to start the, “Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service” from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) but I received the following error:

Cisco VPN service error


Next, I went to Windows Event Viewer and found the following error under the System category:

Windows Event Viewer


Now that I had a better description as to why the service wasn’t working properly, I decided to perform a quick search and see what I could find.  The following two links were exactly what I needed:

I went back to the Services using MMC and found the “Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)” service and stopped the service and also changed the Startup type to Manual as shown below:

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Once I made that change, I simply went back to the “Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service” and tried to start it again.

That is all it took to get my Cisco VPN client working again.  I am not really sure why this is happening but hope this helps anyone else who runs into the problem as well.



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Windows 8 and Cisco VPN

If you ever need to get Cisco VPN working with Windows 8, you might need to perform the following registry hack.  When I first installed Cisco VPN and tried to get it to work on my Windows 8 Lenovo Yoga laptop, it would never allow me to connect. Here is the error message I get:

Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client.
Reason 442:  Failed to enable Virtual Adapter.

Here is a screen shot of the error dialog as well:

Failed to enable Virtual Adapter

Here are the steps that I had to take to get my Cisco VPN client ( for x64, for x86) working:

  • Open Registry editor by typing regedit in Run prompt
  • Browse to the Registry Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\CVirtA
  • Select the DisplayName to modify, and remove the leading characters from the value data up to “%;” i.e.
    • For x86, change the value data from something like “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter”
    • For x64, change the value data from something like “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”
  • Try connecting again

Hopefully, this helps anyone else out there that is running into issues with using Cisco VPN on Windows 8.

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Introducing Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview

July 17, 2013 1 comment

I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at WNC Developers Guild this coming Thursday, July 18th.  My topic will cover what is new on Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview.  We will take look at what is new in Windows 8.1 and also some of the new features in Visual Studio 2013.

Update:  Here is a link to the slides.

Look forward to seeing you there!!

Microsoft MVP – Client Development

July 5, 2013 1 comment

Just wanted to let you know that I received a Microsoft MVP award. I am very excited and honored to receive such a prestigious award and want to thank all my readers for their support. I also want to thank all of the local supporters who have come out to hear me speak here in the Charlotte area.

My award area is Client Development and that is perfect as I have enjoyed spending a lot of time working on Windows Store applications and client-side MVC solutions.

This is a great honor and I will try my best to continue to earn it moving forward.

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