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    Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    I've created a very detailed howto guide on installing OpenVPN server and client on Ubuntu 10.04. The instructions should also work with newer versions.

    It's designed for a casual user who has a Ubuntu server and wants to set up a VPN so they can safely access the Internet from an insecure hotspot.

    It's currently in the form of an 11 page PDF located here:

    http://madisonlinux.org/InstallingOpenVPNOnUbuntu10.04

    Comments welcome.

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    That's a nice guide, very comprehensive and well laid out. Congrats.

    Not a fan of having it in a PDF though, but maybe that's just me.

    As an alternative, I have created a fully interactive script to build PPP over SSH based VPNs.

    A five minute setup guide can be found here

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    Yeah, PDF was the quickest way to get it out there. I'll probably covert it to a web page in the future. Our LUG's website is under construction and I didn't want to do it twice.

    Your script looks like a great idea. Does it work properly with Network Manager on the client?

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    hello;i have a Ubuntu 11.04 ; any guys can setup a openvpn server for me?
    thanks

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Zenguy View Post
    I've created a very detailed howto guide on installing OpenVPN server and client on Ubuntu 10.04. The instructions should also work with newer versions.

    It's designed for a casual user who has a Ubuntu server and wants to set up a VPN so they can safely access the Internet from an insecure hotspot.

    It's currently in the form of an 11 page PDF located here:

    http://madisonlinux.org/InstallingOpenVPNOnUbuntu10.04

    Comments welcome.
    Awesome. I've tried a bunch of other tutorials, and this one is the only one that did it for me.
    However, I have a problem.
    I can successfully connect to the openVPN server at home, but only for like 20 seconds at the time. The internet connection drops after that, but the vpn connection stays up.
    Any help on that would be much appreciated.
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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    I'm lovin'it!

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    This did the trick for me (client wise):
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn
    more specific:
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    Hi!
    While I´m reading you guide. I have a private VPN subscription service running in Windows and I want to install it in Ubuntu (natty).
    The company has a downloadable file in which the relevan info is included, for example:

    dev tap
    remote 88.XX.XX.X
    float XX.XX.XX.X
    port 5210
    ifconfig, etc.

    How can I put all this info in my vpn configuration?

    I am sorry but I am completely new to linux and it's becoming very difficult for me just to follow general guides.

    Many thanks in advance for your help

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    ercolino - You have to take the settings from you subscription and set up a VPN profile in Network Manager. The last part of my guide that deals with the Client setup shows you the way to do it, but your settings will be different. Good luck.

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    Re: Tutorial - Install OpenVPN on Ubuntu 10.04

    @Zenguy

    Can we have an alternate to using the Network Manager OpenVPN plug-in on the Client side?

    That has a number of limitations which I've started to find out
    - A number of OpenVPN params can't be configured
    - There is an issue with ping-restart that causes it to drop the connection

    The native OpenVPN option seems better...
    Last edited by shreepads; July 10th, 2012 at 11:15 AM. Reason: Clarify that am referring to client side
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