Tuesday, December 29, 2009

UF VPN on Ubuntu Karmic Koala

After upgrading to Ubuntu Koala 9.10, I decided to use VPNC instead of manually customizing the CISCO-VPN installation. Here are the necessary steps.
1. sudo apt-get install vpnc network-manager-vpnc 
2. In network connections->VPN connections->configure VPN add a new entry->connection name: UF VPN gateway: vpn.ufl.edu group name: vpn-auth user password:  In optional settings: add username as your @ufl.edu  
3. Login using Gatorlink at:  http://net-services.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/vpn/vpn-clients.cgi scroll down and download the configuration file: ufl-vpn.pcf
copy paste the "enc_GroupPwd" field into:   http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~massar/bin/cisco-decode
and get the password ("clear:" field) and put that value into "group password" (in configure VPN box). Save the password in the keyring by using password "saved" option.  
4. click apply and connect with the UF VPN now. Voila!

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