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Avoid corporate blocked URL's when on Cisco VPN

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When I'm on my home PC and on my company VPN I can't get to sites that my company blocks.

Is there a way to get around this? Why do my requests to go through the VPN? Can you configure your system to, for instance, not go through the VPN for HTTP traffic?

Update: We are using Cisco VPN v 5, I'm running on XP
asked Apr 18, 2013 by anonymous  

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Without knowing what VPN client you're using, this is a generic answer. Many VPN clients have an option (often buried behind an "Advanced..." button) to turn to use the default gateway on the remote network. You want to turn that off if possible.

For Windows 7 built-in client, you need to go to the VPN's properties, the network tab, select IP4 and hit Properties. Click "Advanced..." then uncheck the "use default gateway" box. XP and Vista are actually similar.
answered Apr 18, 2013 by anonymous  
We're using Cisco VPN v 5
I couldn't find this option for Cisco.. any ideas?
I'm afraid I don't have cisco client on any of my machines, but I could've sworn it was possible on them
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I believe the route console command will allow you to set preferential routing for different interfaces.

Microsoft KB article(Little out of date, but it all should still be valid.)

Alternatively, just open a CMD window, and type route. No commands gives you the route help.

answered Apr 18, 2013 by anonymous  
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Generally speaking, you need to configure the VPN to not use the default gateway on the remote network.

For a Windows DUN VPN (confusingly this stands for Dial up Networking, but has nothing to do with dial up except that a VPN is also an on-demand connection), do this by finding the VPN connection in Control Panel / Networks and pulling up it's properties. Then go to the Networking tab (where the protocol stack plugins are listed) and select "Internet Protocol Version 4" and click Properties. Then click Advanced and go to the IP Settings tab. Then uncheck "Use default gateway on remote network".
answered Apr 18, 2013 by anonymous