Connecting From Off Campus

Wireless VPN for Linux

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.

1.  You'll need to install 2 packages:  pptp-client and network-manager-pptp.  You can either do this via your package manager or via command line. 

Configuring the VPN

2.  Once those packages are installed, click on your network connection icon, usually in the upper right hand corner of the screen, unless you've customized your desktop.  Go to "VPN Connections" and select "Configure VPN"
configure

3.  Click "Add"
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4.You'll see a screen like the following.  Click "Create"
connection_type

5.  Fill in the boxes with what is below except put make sure you populate the username and password fields with your UCCS username and password. Then click on the "Advanced" button.

connection

6. Uncheck "PAP", "CHAP", and "EAP" from the "Allow the following authentication methods." Select "Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE) and under Security, select "128-bit(most secure)" and press "OK"
MPEE

7.  Keep pressing "OK" until you come back to the main VPN screen.
8.  To connect open your network connections and select "VPN Connections" and then "UCCS VPN"
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You can now access:

  • Kraemer Family Library Online Periodicals or Journals access
  • Faculty, staff, and student IT accounts (step 11)

Option 1: Connecting to the Library

9. With a web browser, go to http://www.uccs.edu/library. Click Periodical Indexes by Name or Subject or Print and Electronic Journal Holdings.

Screen Capture
10. When you are finished, click "Disconnect VPN" where you first configured VPN in step 2.

Option 2: Faculty, staff, and student IT accounts

11. 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

12. 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

13.(Optional) Create a link on your Desktop.

  • ln -s /home/username/enterprise/faculty/username /home/username/Desktop

14. umount /home/username/enterprise/* when done.

15. When you are finished, click "Disconnect VPN" where you first configured VPN in step 2.