Follow the instructions below to install and configure the Cisco-compatible vpnc client for your computer.
Please note: to install the VPN client software you will need a working connection to the internet.
In the Ubuntu menu bar, go to: "System", then "Administration" and "Synaptic Package Manager".
At this point you may be required to "Enter your password to perform administrative tasks" before the package manager utility can run.
You should see at least two packages in your search results.
The packages required for installation are "vpnc" (Cisco-compatible VPN client) and "network-manager-vpnc" (network management framework (VPNC plugin).
Click on network icon in the top right of the desktop and select "VPN Connections" and "Configure VPN...".
NB: Your Group authentication name and password are NOT the same as the username and the password you set when you registered for the VPN service.
You can find out your Group authentication name and password by visiting:
In the "Editing VPN connection" Window fill in the following information:
To connect to the VPN service: go to the network icon at the top right of the desktop and select "VPN Connections" and "EdLAN VPN" (or whatever you named your VPN connection).
You may now be asked whether you want to "Allow application access to keyring". Select "Allow Once" or "Always Allow" depending on whether you want to be asked this every time you start the VPN client software.
The first time you try to connect to the VPN service may fail with the error message: "Connection failed because there were no valid VPN secrets". If this happens, reboot your computer system and repeat the above instructions to connect to the VPN service.
To disconnect from the VPN service, click on the network icon, then "VPN Connections" and select "Disconnect VPN...".
After a few seconds the lock symbol will disappear from your network icon.
This article was published on Mar 5, 2010