Skip to main content

Connecting to Cisco VPN on Ubuntu

Made yet another step forward in my pursuit of full-time Linux usage today, namely connecting to a Cisco VPN. I did try the vpnc application that several people suggested but, to put it in technical terms, it "didn't like" our VPN hardware. (I'm sure there's just some setting that needs to be tweaked.) It imported my PCF file fine but would always timeout on the connection.

So I got a hold of the official Cisco VPN client for Linux (version 4.8.01), and while it did need a bit of compiling and a patch applied for Ubuntu 8.04, it works great! I did find one blog post in particular that was helpful (thanks Arun!), and if you get an error on Ubuntu 8.04 (which I didn't) you might check out another post on Arun's blog.

Yes, you do have to fire the VPN client up from a terminal so it's not as pretty as the Mac version, but it works just fine and is overflowing with geek cred.

Since I also fixed the LDAP lookup issue in Evolution that I mentioned in my post yesterday, I think the remaining piece of the puzzle is finding something that's compatible with Microsoft Messenger (not the public network side of it), which is a huge nice to have but might be asking a bit much.


Comments



Update on this--very weird DNS issues are keeping me from using this full-time. Apparently the Cisco client messes with resolv.conf. It's a bizarre problem because it works for a while and then suddenly you lose DNS.


I'm sure there's a fix, just haven't had time to look into it yet.





@Matt: I'm having exactly the same DNS problem you comment. Have you found any solution?





Yep Joan--just install resolvconf:


http://tinyurl.com/5qovt7



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Installing and Configuring NextPVR as a Replacement for Windows Media Center

If you follow me on Google+ you'll know I had a recent rant about Windows Media Center, which after running fine for about a year suddenly decided as of January 29 it was done downloading the program guide and by extension was therefore done recording any TV shows.

I'll spare you more ranting and simply say that none of the suggestions I got (which I appreciate!) worked, and rather than spending more time figuring out why, I decided to try something different.

NextPVR is an awesome free (as in beer, not as in freedom unfortunately ...) PVR application for Windows that with a little bit of tweaking handily replaced Windows Media Center. It can even download guide data, which is apparently something WMC no longer feels like doing.

Background I wound up going down this road in a rather circuitous way. My initial goal for the weekend project was to get Raspbmc running on one of my Raspberry Pis. The latest version of XBMC has PVR functionality so I was anxious to try that out as a …

Running a Django Application on Windows Server 2012 with IIS

This is a first for me since under normal circumstances we run all our Django applications on Linux with Nginx, but we're in the process of developing an application for another department and due to the requirements around this project, we'll be handing the code off to them to deploy. They don't have any experience with Linux or web servers other than IIS, so I recently took up the challenge of figuring out how to run Django applications on Windows Server 2012 with IIS.

Based on the dated or complete lack of information around this I'm assuming it's not something that's very common in the wild, so I thought I'd share what I came up with in case others need to do this.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Assumptions and CaveatsThe operating system is Windows Server 2012 R2, 64-bit. If another variant of the operating system is being used, these instructions may not work properly.All of the soft…

Setting Up Django On a Raspberry Pi

This past weekend I finally got a chance to set up one of my two Raspberry Pis to use as a Django server so I thought I'd share the steps I went through both to save someone else attempting to do this some time as well as get any feedback in case there are different/better ways to do any of this.

I'm running this from my house (URL forthcoming once I get the real Django app finalized and put on the Raspberry Pi) using dyndns.org. I don't cover that aspect of things in this post but I'm happy to write that up as well if people are interested.

General Comments and Assumptions

Using latest Raspbian “wheezy” distro as of 1/19/2013 (http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads)We’lll be using Nginx (http://nginx.org) as the web server/proxy and Gunicorn (http://gunicorn.org) as the WSGI serverI used http://www.apreche.net/complete-single-server-django-stack-tutorial/ heavily as I was creating this, so many thanks to the author of that tutorial. If you’re looking for more details on …