Sunday, 13 April 2014

How to configure a VPN on Linux Mint

  • Linux Mint (unlike Ubuntu) does not have VPN access installed by default
  • The following 'How to' will get your VPN running quickly
  • Install the following packages

$ sudo apt-get install -y openvpn openvpn-blacklist network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome

  • Reboot your system
  • Open the Network applet
  • Click the + button
  • Select VPN for interface then click 'Create'
  • For 'Choose a VPN Connection Type' select OpenVPN then click 'Create'
  • Configure your VPN connection with the details given by your provider
  • Typical details required are :
    • Connection Name : Label that appears in Network Manager applet
    • Gateway : VPN access point
    • Authentication : Username, passwords and certificate details
  • Once configured test the VPN connection by selecting the 'Connection Name' now listed in the Network Manager applet 

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