Linux Virtual Private Network Setup

Note: These instructions are for the Ubuntu Linux versions 10.4 and 11.4. Following this tutorial using another distribution of Linux is not difficult. Just substitute sudo apt-get with your package manager

  1. By default, Ubuntu does not have the Cisco Virtual Private Network (VPN) client installed. To get it, you want to install network-manager-vpnc by using the following command: sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc
  2. Once it is installed, restart networking so that everything works correct: sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
  3. Open Network Connections application
  4. Click VPN tab
  5. Select Add a New VPN Connection, and Cisco Compatible VPN (VPNC)
  6. Click Create
  7. If Cisco is not an option, repeat steps 1 and 2
  8. A window will appear; in the window, use the following information:
Connection name: Missouri S&T VPN
Gateway: vpn.mst.edu
Group name: MoS&TIPSec
User password:  (not set) (always ask)
Group password: MoS&TIPSec (saved)
Optional -
User Name: Campus Username
Domain: MST-USERS
Encryption method: Secure
NAT traversal: Cisco UDP
IKE DH Group: DH Group 2

The VPN setup is now complete. To connect, click the Network Icon, select VPN Connections, then click Missouri S&T VPN. When you connect, you will need to input your campus password.