Connecting From Off Campus

Resources VPN for Linux

SUMMARY: This document will walk you through the necessary steps to set up the UCCS Resources VPN connection in Linux. The Resources VPN connection is used to access the UCCS Servers (i.e. Excelsior, Enterprise, Columbia, etc.) as well as other additional resources.

Note: This help sheet is provided for the convenience of our Linux users. We do not have a Linux computer at the IT Help Desk and cannot provide support.

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Configuring the VPN

  1. Install the PPTP client. There are installation instructions for most common distributions at http://pptpclient.sourceforge.net/documentation.phtml. Once downloaded, run pptpconfig as root.
     
  2. On the Server tab, enter the information as shown below, substituting your IT username and password.
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  3. On the Routing tab, click Client to LAN. Click the Edit Network Route... button.
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  4. Enter the Network and Name as shown below and click the Add button.
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  5. On the DNS tab, check Automatic and enter search uccs.edu under the Options box.
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  6. On the Encryption tab, check Require Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption.
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  7. On the Miscellaneous tab, check Reconnect if disconnected.
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  8. Click the Update button to save the configuration.
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  9. Double-click the new profile to start the connection.
     
  10. Create empty folders in your local linux home directory. You can use any empty folder.
    • mkdir /home/username/enterprise
    • mkdir /home/username/enterprise/faculty
    • mkdir /home/username/enterprise/staff
    • mkdir /home/username/enterprise/students
       
  11. Mount command as root or sudoer. You will be asked for your IT password.
    • mount -t cifs //enterprise/faculty /home/username/enterprise/faculty -o username=username,uid=username,dir_mode=0700,file_mode=0600
    • mount -t cifs //enterprise/staff /home/username/enterprise/staff -o username=username,uid=username,dir_mode=0700,file_mode=0600
    • mount -t cifs //enterprise/students /home/username/enterprise/students -o username=username,uid=username,dir_mode=0700,file_mode=0600
       
  12. (Optional) Create a link on your Desktop.
    • ln -s /home/username/enterprise/faculty/username /home/username/Desktop
       
  13. Unmount /home/username/enterprise/* when done.
     
  14. Click the Stop button when you're finished.
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