Setting up PPTP VPN access under Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

This tutorial describes how to configure and setup a PPTP VPN connection in Ubuntu GNU/Linux using the network manager.

Firstly, you will need to install the Ubuntu PPTP VPN package, we will go that with you here in this tutorial.

Install PPTP

Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager and open Synaptic. Search for 'vpn'.Press the install button.

Alternative PPTP Install

Another way is to install the Ubuntu network-manager-pptp package is from the command line: sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp. Now restart dbus with: sudo /etc/init.d/dbus restart

1. Network Manager

Click on the 'Network Manager' icon on your desktop bar 'Notification Area'. This icon can be in the shape of 2 computer screens or arrows or a signal meter if its a wi-fi connection that you use.

2. Configure VPN

Choose 'VPN Connections' then click onto 'Configure VPN' from the sub menu.

3. Create VPN

Press the 'VPN' tab to ensure you are on the correct setup.

4. Add new connection

Press 'Add' to add a new connection configuration.

5. Create PPTP

On the new 'Create VPN Connection' window, choose 'Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)' as the VPN connection type and click on the 'Create' button.

6. Name the connection

Fill in a friendly name for the new connection.

7. Server IP

Enter the IP of the server you are connecting to in the 'Gateway' field. You can find the server information in your 'Welcome to VPNUK' email or in the 'Client CP' on the VPNUK website.

8. Login Details

Enter your vpnuk login details into the username and password fields.

9. Advanced Options

Click onto the 'Advanced' button.

10. PPTP Advanced options

Check all of the 'Security and compression' options, then click on 'OK'.

11. Apply Settings

Click onto the 'Apply' button to save your configuration settings.

12. Connection setup complete

Thats it! You can now close the 'Network Connections' window.

Connecting to the VPN

Click onto the Network Managfer icon in the taskbar.

2. Choose Connection

Click onto the newly created VPN Connection from the 'VPN Connections' sub menu.

3. Connected!

Once Connected you will see a small padlock on the network manager icon.

Screencast Tutorial

Troubleshooting Guide

Your VPNUK account should work first time, everytime. If you ever experience any problems with your VPN connection the first thing we urge you to do is contact us on our Live Help service, we can offer instant assistance with all connection issues and get you back online. The following is a basic troubleshooter for the more common issues that can arise from our VPN service.

ISP DNS Hijack / DNS Leak Protection

Some ISPs will attempt to hijack your DNS settings which hinders the VPN connection from functioning correctly. If you find that your VPNUK connection does not route your traffic correctly you can try changing your Public DNS server to the VPNUK DNS server or to an alternative like Google DNS.
1. Go to the VPNUK connection and click Edit, in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings tab.
2. If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (DHCP) addresses only instead. If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
3. In the DNS servers field, enter the VPNUK Public DNS server: 109.169.6.2 or the Google Public DNS IP addresses: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
4. Click Apply to save the change.
7. Thats it!

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