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Thread: vpn config help

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Farmington, UT
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Question vpn config help

    I'm trying to setup a VPN connection between my laptop and my office. We have some VPN config setup instructions on the office wiki, but they were written for the fedora guys there and don't seem to work on ubuntu.

    What I've done so far is install the openvpn and network-manager-openvpn packages. I've then configured via network manager > vpn to connect to the IP of the VPN server, using the default 1194 port. I've imported the office .pem file and placed it into the /etc folder. I've also included my username. It prompts me for my password at connection and then errors saying:

    Could not start the VPN connection 'Guru Labs' due to a connection error. The VPN login failed because the VPN program could not connect to the VPN server.

    If anyone has any ubuntu-specific suggestions, or other things you may have used for VPN connections on Ubuntu I'd love some. Right now I'm running out of ideas.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Lawrence, KS USA
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: vpn config help

    I'm having the same issue, but have not yet found any solution in the forums so far. I have used the setup here:

    I have had no luck in connecting. It would make my life a lot easier if I could get this working. Also, could someone please explain the ip address fields in the network manager vpn applet. Thanks!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Utah, USA
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: vpn config help

    I'm guessing you are talking about the "Only use VPN connection for these addresses" field?

    If so, this is a space separated list of ip address ranges. This is so that the vpn will only try to use vpn connection for that particular ip address range. If you don't specify this network manager will try to use vpn for all your ip traffic. So, it will even try to use the vpn connection for things like, etc. This will result in your computer not being able to find that address. So you will be able to get into your vpn network and nothing else.

    Let's say that the ipaddress range for the network that you want to vpn into is through You would put in that field so that vpn is only used when trying to go to something in that ip range. If you have multiple ip adress ranges you would do this:

    I hope that helps.

    Oh! By the way....I'm having the same difficulty. However, my problem is that I can connect via vpn fine at work but not from home.

    Any suggestions there?

  4. #4

    Re: vpn config help

    Give me some closer informations mate.Are you have same OS on both computer company/home?


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