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.

Links that might be helpful:

Configuring the VPN

  1. Install the PPTP client. There are installation instructions for most common distributions at Once downloaded, run pptpconfig as root.
  2. On the Server tab, enter the information as shown below, substituting your IT username and password.
    Screen Capture
  3. On the Routing tab, click Client to LAN. Click the Edit Network Route... button.
    Screen Capture
  4. Enter the Network and Name as shown below and click the Add button.
    Screen Capture
  5. On the DNS tab, check Automatic and enter search under the Options box.
    Screen Capture
  6. On the Encryption tab, check Require Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption.
    Screen Capture
  7. On the Miscellaneous tab, check Reconnect if disconnected.
    Screen Capture
  8. Click the Update button to save the configuration.
    Screen Capture
  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.
    Screen Capture