vpn connection using pptpconfig using fedora 10

Posted on 2009-02-13
Last Modified: 2014-06-20

I am using fedora 10 and I would like to connect to my work's vpn. Using windows xp I can connect without any problems. However, this is my first time using fedora so not sure how to do this, and I am a newbie at using fedora.

 what I have noticed in connection manager I have a tab called vpn. However, this is always disabled. Is there a reason for this. Can I not use connection manager to connect to my work's vpn.I might be doing wrong.

I installed the pptpconfig client andI have configured the setting in pptpconfig as I do when I connect using windows. However, I am getting the following response:

Using interface ppp0pptpconfig: monitoring interface ppp0

Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/pts/1
MS-CHAP authentication failed: Authentication failed
CHAP authentication failed
Connection terminated.
pptpconfig: pppd process terminated by signal 19 (failed)
pptpconfig: SIGSTOP

I think this is a difficult question to answer so I have given it 250 points

Any suggestions of what I might be doing wrong?

Many thanks,

Question by:steve1_rm
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    Expert Comment

    You need samba installed for MS-CHAP or NTLMv2

    Accepted Solution

    First, you need to determine if you have a firewall between you and your network.  I have a watchguard firewall that using Radius services.  Each device will require some addditional settings for pptpconfig.  Below are a few pointer to keep in mind when setting up the pptpconfig software.  By the way, I'm using Fedora 10 as my OS connenecting to a Windows OS enviroment.  

    1.  Go the this site and add the additional repositories.  This will give you a slew of softward that can be added to linux environment:

     or follow the directions below:


    rpm -Uvh

    One you have install the repositories above you should now have some additonal choices under System\Administration\Add/Remove Software

    2.  Install the following programs: Point-toPoint Tunneling  Protocol client

    3. Install Point to Point tunneling Protocal (PPTP) Client configuration

    4. Instlall POPTOP Point to Point Tunneling Server

    5. Install PPTP release file and package configuration.

    6. Install Client for VNC and Windows Terminal Server

    After you are done reboot and allow Fedora to update you software or run the following command:  yum upgrade

    The program will install two apps in your Application\Internet
             PPTP Client    (This is compatiable to Remote VPN)
              Terminal Serer Client (Thiis is comptiable to Remote Desktop)

    Now, is where patience becomes a virtue:

    Select the PPTP Client and configure you pptpconfig services.

    You will need root access to do this.

    Under the Server Tab enter the following:
         Name:  The place you are trying to connect (Test Company)
         Server:  IP adrress of the firewall or router you are tring to connect
         Domain: The Domain name of the server you are trying to connect
         Username: A user on the domain that has remote and access rights.  
         Password: (This is the first mistake most users make - If you use password complexity on your domain and your password contains some characters such as # & * or % you will need to put quotes in front and behind your password.)  Here is an example: "Pa$$word"

    You next Tab is the Routing Tab:
       If you are connecting to a router or server with PPTP select Interface Only
       If you using a Radius server or IAS  or complex remote access server select Client to Lan
      Edit the Network routes and add your local IP ranges such as

    Your third tbe is DNS
      Deselect the DNS and enter in the Server box your DNS for your Domain
       Leave the Options box blank.

    Next go the the Encryption tab
       Select these two buttons:
           Require Microsoft PTPE MPPE
           Refuse to Authenticate with EAP
    Last on the Miscellaneous tab:
       Select Enable connection debugging facilities
          (This will notifiy you of any errors you are receiving.
    Once your configurations are done please click on the Add button

        Next select Start.

    If everything works your Tunnel list will turn green.

    Now we need to setup the Terminal Server Client
    Under Application\Internet\Terminal Server client
     Add Connection
         Windows Terminal Service
          Name:  (Desktop Name)
          Host: (IP Address of Desktop Machine)
          Username: (Username on Desktop Machine)
          Password: (Password on Desktop Machine)
          Domain: (Domain name on Desktop Machine)

    Save settings and you are in business!!!!   Enjoy.  I hope this helps and free you to the World of Linux.

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