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VPN installation

Postby Phatknut4dz on Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:17 pm

Hi,

I am an absolute new user of linux... have never used it before but decided to switch as i got frustrated with windows.
All i am trying to do is to get my internet working. i am at student accomodations which means i 've got to use a vpn to get access how do i get started ?

thanks
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Re: VPN installation

Postby miket on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:17 am

Hi !

Phatknut4dz wrote:I am an absolute new user of linux... have never used it before but decided to switch as i got frustrated with windows.
All i am trying to do is to get my internet working. i am at student accomodations which means i 've got to use a vpn to get access how do i get started ?
thanks


For an absolute Linux beginner you like to throw yourself in the deep end :)

Firstly you will need to install the Open VPN software on your Linux machine, this is done simply by using the following commands in a terminal :

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sudo apt-get install openvpn


This will give you the tools necessary to connect to a VPN.
The problem now is that we have no idea how your college VPN system is configured so the best thing you can do is ask one
of the IT people there to give you a hand ...

The OpenVPN man page is extremely good, you can get to it by opening a terminal and entering the following command :

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man openvpn


However if you are new to VPNs then it may not make a lot of sense :)

I suggest you contact your College IT support to ask for further information as VPNs are not easy to configure under Linux.

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Re: VPN installation

Postby MagnusB on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:17 pm

What type of VPN do you need? If you used the standard installation in Windows, my guess is that you need PPtP. Don't remember the package name right now, but try:
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aptitude search pptp

and install the one with networkmanager in it's name.
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