I have to interact with a lot of Windows systems, so pptp is the norm.  I’ve often tried to configure IPSEC but to honest, I’ve never made it work!  I read up on it, understood it in theory and then sat down to try again.  But heterogenous systems (Linux, my router, their router, etc.) all seem to present a different set of incomprehensible options with different names.  In the case of the routers, add questionable documentation.

Anyway, I just discovered the networkmanager-pptp plugin.  First, I installed network-manager-pptp and pptp-linux.  You need to make sure that your wired interface is configured to roam, otherwise you will not see the options for VPN configuration.

After that, I configured my VPN but couldn’t work out how to make the option appear to connect to it.  After some Googling, I found the answer:-

sudo /etc/dbus-1/event.d/25NetworkManager restart
sudo /etc/dbus-1/event.d/26NetworkManagerDispatcher restart

I suppose a reboot would have done it but I like to avoid those!

Now, I can just click and connect instantly.  Very neat!


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