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  1. #1
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    Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    Hi there,

    Topic says it all really, for some reason the Add button on the VPN tab in network manager is greyed out. How do I get it to work?

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    I wonder if this "VPN" is for creating dial-up VPN instances.

    I don't know, just asking the question. On the Windows side I've set up a lot of VPN connections, but I never once used the Windows create a VPN connection option.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    yeah, you gotta install some extra packages. something like openvpn. just type vpn in add/remove and install it.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    I used Synaptic to search for "VPN". Since we're using Cisco's VPN solution, I installed network-manager-vpnc, then I was able to configure the VPN connection through the network manager GUI.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    This did it for me on Ubuntu 8.10:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn
    /Thomas.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    In a modern operating system this should work out of the box. I don't know about OSX, but Windows 7 certainly has this feature out of the box and it s reasonably easy to configure.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    Well, or at least give the user some hint of it, instead of only showing a grayed-out box.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    I agree this should be built in. I have installed the vpn via:
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn

    and it gave me the add button. However after filling in the details I never get the APPLY button to become available.

    Anyone have that issue? The VPN I am trying to set up is just a simple password authentication.

    Thanks

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    Quote Originally Posted by matt082606 View Post
    I agree this should be built in. I have installed the vpn via:
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn

    and it gave me the add button. However after filling in the details I never get the APPLY button to become available.

    Anyone have that issue? The VPN I am trying to set up is just a simple password authentication.

    Thanks
    I'm having the exact same problem. Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Can't add VPN connection to network manager

    This link:

    http://www.craigmayhew.com/blog/2009...-karmic-koala/

    suggests adding these three packages using the following command:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp network-manager-vpnc network-manager-openvpn
    That gets past the gray add button, then the gray apply button. I'm running into other problems now, but my fingers are crossed...

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