Configure UPV/EHU VPN on Ubuntu's network-manager

Last week I left some files I needed in a NAS drive at my workplace, and… since the drive is only accessible from within the corporative network, I decided to use UPV/EHU’s VPN to get them.

First you need to open a terminal and install some dependencies:

sudo apt-get install vpnc network-manager-vpnc network-manager-gnome

Then go to your Network-manager do the following:

VPN Connections > Setup VPN… > Add > Compatible with Cisco VPN (vpnc) > Create…

Connection name: give_it_the_name_you_want
Group name: EHU
User password: your_ldap_user_password
Group password: VPNs
User name: you_ldap_user_name
Encryption method: Secure (default)
Traversal NAT: Cisco UDP
IKE DH Group: DH 2 Group (default)
Disable dead peer detection: unchecked

And that’s it! The VPN connection is ready and you don’t have to go back to the office to get those files.

If you don’t like network-manager or GUIs at all, you can also do the same using your terminal following this great post at


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