Is there a way to connect to a Microsoft VPN?
e.schuele at computer.org
Wed Aug 31 16:28:48 GMT 2005
>> I use /usr/ports/net/pptpclient to connect to a MS VPN endpoint and
>> /usr/ports/net/rdesktop to "Remote Desktop" to my XP machine at the
>> office. Works great.
> This sounded like what I needed to do.
> When I run the pptp client, it doesn't appear to do anything. I did the
> cd /usr/ports/net/pptpclient
> make install clean
> cd /usr/ports/net/rdesktop
> make install clean
> I found these instructions at FreeBSD Diary and tried to follow them:
> My connection information is as follows:
> My workplace's outside VPN Name: vpn.wobs-work.com
> My workplace's outside VPN external IP: 100.200.300.16
> My workplace Username: wob
> My workplace Password: wobpassword
> My Workplace's Windows XP Pro PC: 126.96.36.199
> My Workplaces Internal Subnet: 5.10.15.x
> My home FreeBSD's IP: 192.168.1.25
> My FreeBSD's machine NIC: fxp0
> My home router's IP: 192.168.1.1
> So I made a /etc/ppp/ppp.conf file:
> set authname wob
If you are authenticating against a domain change the above to
set authname domain\\wob
> set authkey wobpassword
My auth key is in double quotes. Possibly due to enclosed punctuation I
forget. So try:
set authkey "wobpassword"
> set timeout 0
> set ifaddr 0 0
> add 100.200.300.16/24 HISADDR
change the above add to:
add 188.8.131.52/24 HISADDR
Should be the subnet you will be given an IP address on. Use
> alias enable yes
> Then I ran it as root:
> cd /etc/ppp
> /usr/local/sbin/pptp vpn.wobs-work.com WORKVPN
The above is what I do.... although I use the IP address. Name 'should'
work assuming name resolution is good.
> The program seems to run for about 5 seconds, then returns to shell
> prompt. I then tried:
> /usr/local/sbin/pptp vpn.wobs-work.com WORKVPN --loglevel 2
> /usr/local/sbin/pptp 100.200.300.16 WORKVPN --loglevel 2
> But it still did not print out anything.
> ifconfig tun0
> tun0: flags=8010<POINTOPOINT,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
> I think I might have to add a route command once the "tunnel" is up. My
route should be taken care of for you.
> understanding is, is that the pptp client is not supposed to return to
> the shell prompt until I cancel it with a CTRL-C.
true enough. Or you can background it and kill it later. Though I had
mixed results (cores on occasion) killing it manually. But it always
ran fine while up and running.
> I normally use my
> home Windows XP Pro box to connect to my works VPN, and then use
> RemoteDesktop to connect to my Work PC - so I know the connections work
> under Windows. I want to get rid of my home Windows box.
> Any suggestions? I'm kinda new, but I am trying to learn.
once its up and running, your rdesktop command will look like:
rdesktop -f -a 16 ip_address
- or if like me you run it on alt port -
rdesktop -f -a 16 ip_address:port
machine names of course work with functional name resolution.
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