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VPN Setup - Ubuntu 16.x Desktop

This guide will walk you through setting up your VPN link. 
 

Important Notes

Please read the following carefully:
 
  • Notify A-Team Systems immediately if a device which has VPN access is lost or stolen so we can de-authorize it.  If you recover it later we can easily re-enable it.  This is extremely important for security.   This also applies if your device is recalled (i.e. by your I.T. department) or you get a new one and are no longer using the old device.
     
  • Connection configuration and keys can only be used on a single device.  Do not copy the configuration you have been provided to any other device.  If you need to connect another device (i.e. laptop, desktop, etc) simply let A-Team know and we'll set you up with an additional configuration.
     
  • Ubuntu 16.x desktop versions are supported
 
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns!
 

Download The VPN Configuration Script

Download our Ubuntu VPN configuration script:
 
Save this file into your Downloads folder

Download VPN Configuration

A-Team Systems will have provided you with a link to download a zip file which contains your VPN configuration and authentication keys.  Save this file into your Downloads folder as well.
 
You should now have the configuration script vpnsetup.nm.sh and the .zip file in your Downloads folder:
 
 

Run The Setup Script

Click on the "search your computer" icon in the upper left:

Start typing in the word "terminal" and click on the "Terminal" icon when it appears (first choice):
 
 
In the terminal type the following command:
 
cd Downloads
 
And then this command:
 
sudo bash vpnsetup.nm.sh
 
You may be prompted for your local user password by [sudo], enter it to continue.  This is your local account's password on your desktop.
 
 
The script will install OpenVPN, and the OpenVPN GUI if needed.  It will then install your VPN configuration files and configure NetworkManager to use them.
 
NOTE: Your VPN may require a username and password to login, if it does this is likely your LDAP password (ie; the same as your SSH login).  You will be prompted to enter your username during the setup.
 
We specifically configure NetworkManager to NOT store your VPN password (if you need one).  For security please do not override or change this setting -- saving your password decreases security.

Errata Notice

If you are using Ubuntu 16 and following these instructions please reply back to the VPN ticket and inform A-Team Systems that you are using Ubuntu -- there are extra steps that may be nessisary that are not covered in this document.

Connecting

To connect pull down the Network menu in the upper right of the screen, it may be a WiFi symbol or up/down arrows (as in our example).
 
Open the 'VPN Connections' sub-menu and you will see your newly installed VPN link in the list (in our example "A-Team VPN Test".  Clicking on it will connect.
 

Disconnecting

To disconnect, use the same steps as above, and simply click on the VPN from the list again.  Active VPN connections will have a check mark next to them.