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 +====== University of Ottawa Wireless VPN ======
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 +The University of Ottawa uses a Cisco VPN for its wireless services on campus. This is NOT a very satisfactory implementation. There is support for Windows users, claimed support for Macintosh, and Linux users are offered a "take it as is" tarball download of a very ancient RedHat client. These notes (by NashJc on Dec 4, 2007) will likely be outdated by April/May 2008 when a new system is supposed to be implemented. In the meantime, I hope they are helpful in allowing Linux users to connect on Campus.
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 +For Ubuntu users, I found that the most helpful (and simple) solution was based on information from the University of Minnesota: http://​www.cs.umn.edu/​help/​offsite/​vpn.php
 +and the University of Florida Statistics Department http://​www.stat.ufl.edu/​system/​vpn.shtml. ​
 +
 +I still needed the VPN configuration information,​ which for U of O is as follows:
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 + IPSec gateway mobilevpn.uottawa.ca
 + IPSec ID DockWireless
 + IPSec secret UOmobile1
 + Xauth username <your InfoWeb name, in my case nashjc>
 +
 +Note that I had to use the site http://​www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/​~massar/​bin/​cisco-decode
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 +to "​decode"​ the encoded group password from the Cisco PCF file for the UO VPN; the encoded pw was
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 +enc_GroupPwd=EC7C14AFFD9BB30BBB5772AB74D5DA2C7D1929805DD47848492944220397B5BCADE119A34D65C10F748DF64BABFC6FB8A038DA3F2FC35A1E
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 +On Ubuntu, I was able to set the information in a dialog by clicking on the 2-screen mini-icon for connections that is on the Gnome task bar. Then I selected VPN Connections and chose Configure VPN and added my connection. As I recall, I was prompted for the group pw which was then saved. I chose to open "​optional"​ on the connection configuration and "​Override user name" to put in my own user name. This means I now only have to enter my Infoweb password.
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 +On the Asus Eee PC, I created a uo.conf in /etc/vpnc/ following the example.conf. I then start wireless as follows:
 + 
 + I choose Internet/​Network and select the UO wireless that is strongest.
 + Then I open a terminal ("​Home"​-T).
 + sudo su
 + (that gives me superuser rights)
 + ​vpnc-connect uo.conf
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 +This gives a text welcome banner, but I then discovered that a browser still goes to the CCS "You need a VPN client"​ page. It turns out the wireless DHCP adds a fake DNS to the /​etc/​resolv.conf file. The vpnc-connect adds 2 more true DNS nameserver lines. So ignoring the "Do not edit" cautions, I put a "#"​ in front of the first nameserver entry. Then things work. (I do this with joe, but that does require a separate install. You could use nano i.e., nano /​etc/​resolv.conf).
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 +Hope this is helpful. ​  ​JN ​
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