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Thread: Problems setting up OpenVPN in Ubuntu 13.04

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Problems setting up OpenVPN in Ubuntu 13.04

    here are the directions I followed per vpn service provider directions.

    OpenVPN Setup for Linux
    Ubuntu Directions
    1. Open Terminal
    2. Type: sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn
    3. Press Y to continue.
    4. Type: sudo restart network-manager
    5. Download BTGuard certificate (CA) by typing: sudo wget -O /etc/openvpn/
    6. Click on the Network Manager icon, expand VPN Connections, and choose Configure VPN
    7. A Network Connections window will appear with the VPN tab open. Click Add. 8. A Choose A VPN Connection Type window will open. Select OpenVPN in the drop-down menu and click Create..
    9. In the Editing VPN connection window, enter the following:
    Connection name: BTGuard VPN
    Optional: To manually select your server location, please use for Canada or for Europe or for Singapore.
    Type: select Password
    User name: your username
    Password: your_password
    CA Certificate: browse and select this file: /etc/openvpn/
    11. Click Save.

    before I executed these instructions, I installed the virtual private network daemon openvpn available from the app store ( i realize that this is a command line utility) the other program installed per instructions is suppose to be the gui.

    However, when I goto network manger-->VPN Connections --> configure VPN, then ADD, a dialog box comes up, (choose a connection type) The dialog box displays a message "If you are creating a VPN, and the VPN connection you wish to create does not appear in the list, you may not have the correct VPN plugin installed.

    When I click create, under VPN, 'OpenVPN' is not there. The instructions I followed seemed to have gone well. did not see any errors.

    Any Help would be greatly appreciated as I need to get this going as soon as possible.

    Last edited by cariboo; September 25th, 2013 at 06:46 PM. Reason: normalize font to comply with forum C of C

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Re: Problems setting up OpenVPN in Ubuntu 13.04

    Ok guys, for some reason, i fudged the first try. I uninstalled everything then re installed according to instructions, and the openvpn option appeared in the network manager.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Re: Problems setting up OpenVPN in Ubuntu 13.04

    I had the same problem as described above. After purging network-manager-openvpn and reinstalling it together with network-manager-openvpn-gnome everthing works as expected.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2013

    Re: Problems setting up OpenVPN in Ubuntu 13.04

    I am a novice when it comes to Linux, but can follow directions pretty well. I am using Private Internet Access as my VPN provider, I follow the below instructions... (yes I understand it is for 12.04 and I am using 13.04)
    Ubuntu Linux 12.04: OpenVPN via Network Manager Setup

    1. Open a Terminal, and run: sudo apt-get install openvpn network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome. This will prompt for both your password, and a Y/n answer, please provide it with your password, and Y
    2. Once installed, open System Settings, then Network
    3. Press the + symbol to add a new connection, and select the VPN Interface, then press Create
    4. Choose OpenVPN as your VPN Connection Type, and press Create
    5. The following will walk you though all configuration steps needed for the PIA VPN.
      1. Gateway: Select one of the Hostnames provided on the Network page
      2. Authentication
        1. Type: Password
        2. Username: The username provided with the PIA account
        3. Password: The password provided with the PIA account
        4. CA Certificate: Downloaded this zip file and extract the ca.crt file to somewhere it won't be deleted. We suggest your Home folder. If you extract this to your home folder, when searching for it, please click on your username on the left side, which will take you right to the home folder, then select the ca.crt file from the options on the right.

      3. Advanced: Under the general tab, check the Use LZO data compression
      4. IPv4 Settings:
        1. Method: Automatic (VPN) Addresses Only

    6. Press Save. If you chose to have your password saved it may ask for you to verify your password to open your keyring.

    My issue is that I can do all of the above, but there is no "Save" button available to me.

    Do I need to start over, possibly purging what I installed (and if so could someone assist me in the proper command line to purge what I've done)


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