PPTP VPN using VPN start script

For Internet access you will need a PPTP VPN client. Starting with SuSE 10.0, Fedora Core 5 and all Debian based distributions, a pptp is included or can be installed. Please check your packet manager for a packet pptp or pptp-linux and install it.

For example on debian based Linux distributions as user root

apt-get install pptp-linux net-tools

or using fedora

sudo yum install pptp

Since the installation is very different, please take a look at the pptp client documentation on http://pptpclient.sourceforge.net/. Please check this page or a distribution specific page, if you need additional help.

After installing the pptp client, you need to start a VPN connection. Since some special routes are necessary, we have written a shell script, which creates all necessary steps to build up a VPN connection:

Download VPN script

The script needs to be stored onto your computer. You need to edit user name and password using a text editor. The user name can be found in the e-mail you received on registration at https://startup.padnet.de. The password is the one you have chosen on sign up.

##################################################
### change this to your username and password  ###
##################################################
 
USERNAME="USERNAME"
NETPASSWORD="PASSWORT"

After editing the file, you need to set the script to be executable and start the script as user root.

chmod 755 vpn--pb.sh
./vpn--pb.sh start

If everything is working fine, you will get a positive feedback from the script after some seconds.

If not please start the VPN connection by calling

./vpn--pb.sh start debug

You will then see additional debug output, which can help diagnosing the error.