Mac OS X 10.7 experiences and incompatibilities

I’m currently running the GM version of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and ran into a few things that I wanted to share with you.

First of all, Little Snitch 2.3.6 and Cisco AnyConnect 3.0.2 don’t work correctly with Lion. Little Snitch keeps respawning and never actually launches, it can be easily uninstalled using the uninstall option in the installer. If you want you can download a nightly build that solves these issues here (UPDATE: Little Snitch 2.4.1 is Lion compatible and available here). Cisco AnyConnect will authenticate but is unable to establish a connection and will produce an error message. If your life/salary depends on AnyConnect, refrain from installing Lion for now (UPDATE: see below).

Another piece of software that doesn’t survive the upgrade is the e.dentifier2 software from ANB Amro, you can safely download and reinstall it (here) and it will work correctly.

I hoped the archive option in Apple Mail would be compatible with GMail but unfortunately it is not. Google simply removes the “Inbox” tag from a message so it will only appear in the “All messages” box. Apple Mail creates a separate mailbox called “Archive” on the server and copies all mail in this location. I’ll keep looking for a better solution but for now I don’t see it.

The biggest thing is the reversed scrolling, it behaves now like the iPad and iPhone but you’re not working on an iPad so you keep messing it up. This will take me a while to get used to.

UPDATE: Cisco has released version 3.0.3 of the AnyConnect Secure Mobility client. This update unfortunately does not work with all gateways as it holds a certificate validation error and will sometimes not connect. The bug is filed with Cisco under ID CSCtr64798 and has a severity 2 status. In my experience it works fine if your router uses its self signed certificates. When using certificated signed by a CA your mileage my vary. There is a workaround available by importing the certificates to your local certification store. As of today (the 29th of July) Cisco states on their twitter feed that a fix is coming soon.

UPDATE 2: Cisco has issued a new update to their AnyConnect client that effectively solved the problems mentioned above. If you have a valid Cisco support contract you can grab it here. As mentioned in the comments the e.dentifier2 software from ABN Amro only works when Java is installed on Mac OS X. You can download Java for Lion here.


9 Responses to Mac OS X 10.7 experiences and incompatibilities

  1. rds2112 says:

    re: AnyConnect:

    I too experienced AnyConnect failing to connect (version 3.0.0629) after upgrading to Lion.

    In my case, I connected to my company’s AnyConnect portal[1], clicked the “Missing Plugin” link that showed up, indicated it was OK to install Java, and after that process AnyConnect appears to be back to normal.

    Caveat is I only did this a few hours ago, so hopefully nothing insidious is lurking.

    [1] dunno if “portal” is the correct term, but I’m referring to the site you point a browser to login ==> download and configure the AnyConnect client

  2. DMan says:

    Assuming your connecting to an ASA. Most likely you will need to update the ASA to 8.4(2).
    I ran into this issue as well. However AnyConnect and Lion could connect to Routers and other ASA’s just not the one I needed most.

    As soon as it was updated, It worked great.

    • Sander says:

      I updates as well to the 3.0.3 release but found one SSL VPN working fine and the other failing. Both IOS 15.x and still looking into the issue. Thanks for your feedback!

  3. Erik Winkelaar says:

    The Edentifier2 software doesn’t work with OSX Lion. I reinstalled the application as you mentioned, but it doesn’t work at all.

    • Sander says:

      I’ve been using it for weeks now, no problems here. Did you install Java? It seems to be required.

      • Erik Winkelaar says:


        Thanks for the input, now it works properly !

      • luc says:

        Hi guys, i tried reinstalling the identifier software (no luck) and went to where they tell me to do the standard software update for mac (top left apple): i’m all up 2 date… and still no luck with the identifier…any clues?

      • luc says:

        Sorry never mind… had to reboot… works now 😉

  4. Erik Winkelaar says:

    I will try this !

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