kvpnc and pptp

August 28, 2005

KVpnc is a gui frontend to many VPN clients. Right now, I mainly use it for PPTP. It’s prettier and better integrated into the desktop environment than pptpconfig. I couldn’t find any good setup instructions out there so here it goes…

  1. Setup the PoPToP client. The pptpclient website has how-to’s for all the major distro’s including Fedora Core 4.
  2. Install vpnc. In Fedora land, yum install vpnc.
  3. Install kvpnc. It wasn’t in my yum repo list, but the rpm is available on their site. As of this writing, this will get you the current version rpm -Uvh http://download.gna.org/kvpnc/kvpnc-0.7.2-1.rhfc4.i386.rpm
  4. Start kvpnc. Kvnpc needs to be run as root to access pptp. Sudo-ing won’t suffice unless you have /sbin in your user path.
  5. Profile > New Profile.
    Profile Name: Friendly name for the connection.
    Connection Type: In our case PPTP.
    IPSec Gateway: This is misleading. Type in the IP address of the remote machine here.
    Username and Password: Fill ’em in.
  6. Now click on the Advanced button. Enable Advanced Settings and check Do not use BSD compression. In my experience, PPTP wouldn’t connect with it on.
  7. At this point, you should be able to connect successfully. If not, you may find checking enable debug in Settings > Configure KVpnc > daemons under PPPD helpful. To see the log, go to Profile > Toggle Debug Console

5 Responses to “kvpnc and pptp”

  1. Steven Says:

    Any other tips for dialing into a Windows 2003 server?

    I’ve tried everything on your page and always end up with the error below.

    info: Script pptp –nolaunchpppd finished (pid 8389), status = 0x0 Modem hangup Connection terminated.



  2. Jeff Says:

    What do you do after you’re connected? I just want to log into a windows 2000 machine.

  3. pete Says:

    You’ll probably want to look into installing something like “VNC”:http://www.realvnc.com to log into the remote machine. If you just want to access your desktop, an easier route would be to just use something like “LogMeIn”:http://www.logmein.com.

  4. lefty.crupps Says:

    I am using 0.8.2 on Kubuntu 6.06 and I cannot get a connection at all. There are a lot of fields to fill in and I have no idea what should go where. Any suggestions for this newer version? I just want to log in to a Windows 2003 server.

  5. Chris Says:

    I want to login my Windows server 2003, pptp used.
    but I can not use the Kvpn to connect with the message”Remote modem has hung up.Connetion was teminated”

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