Linux VPN Setup

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Exclaim.png The University of Akron does not officially support ANY Linux distribution. Therefore, if any of these set ups do not work 100% correctly, we do not guarantee a fix. You may have to find some solutions on your own


These 4 GUIs are very similar in how their setups work in regards to VPN. How to get to certain aspects of the setup can vary greatly depending on your distribution and personal setup. Therefore, we will be providing a generalized setup. These instructions should work for any modern linux distribution that is capable of using an IPSEC setup. Here are the install commands for any Debian or Fedora based distro:

  1. For KDE installations, there may be a specific network manager plugin listed with the VPNC options in your package manager
  2. Debian based: sudo apt-get install vpnc network-manager-vpnc network-manager-vpnc-gui
  3. Fedora based: sudo yum install vpnc network-manager-vpnc network-manager-vpnc-gui
    1. Not all Fedora based distros use sudo. You may need to use beesu, or even elevate to a superuser within the terminal

From there, you will need to open your Network Manager and choose to set up a new VPN connection with VPNC.


Gateway: or
User name: Your UANet ID
User password: It is suggested you leave this on the "Always Ask" choice, but if you wish you can set it to save your password
Group name:Zipnet
Group Password:Set it to save the password, and enter the password of zippy

2 Click on "Advanced" and set the NAT traversal to Cisco UDP


1. Open a Terminal Window
2.Type sudo vpnc
3.Enter your root password
4.Enter IPSEC gateway address:
5.Enter IPSEC ID: Zipnet
6.Enter IPSEC Secret for Zipnet@ zippy
7.Enter Username for Your UAnetID
8.Enter password for Your Password
9. The VPN is now connected

10. Take note of the Process ID number. To disconnect, enter sudo kill your pid number