Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cisco VPN client and Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Working on setting up my new Dell laptop which came preinstalled with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. A little work needed with the Cisco VPN client - the version downloaded from Goddard CNE needs patching for recent versions of Linux. Fortunately, there are really helpful instructions on using the VPN client available. Tricks I had to do were
sudo chmod 4111 /opt/cisco-vpnclient/bin/cvpnd
/etc/init.d/vpnclient_init restart

to get round the error messages
privsep: unable to drop privileges: group set failed.
The application was unable to communicate with the VPN sub-system.

then I got
Initializing the VPN connection.
Initiating TCP to 198.119.56.78, port 10005
Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client
Reason: Failed to establish a VPN connection.
There are no new notification messages at this time.

This occurs if both the wireless and ethernet connections are enabled at the same time. I turned off the ethernet connection by going to Network Settings selecting Wired Connection then clicking on Properties followed by checking the Enable Roaming Mode box.

5 comments:

Rob Lauer said...

Thank you .. .thank you ... thank you. Never would have thought of disabling eth0 when I was using wireless. googled my ass off to find this post!

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Mary said...

I am also using a Dell Unit.Latitude. I have same set up and it worked for me too. I used to have a terrible connection since the VDN I used was a bit old school. Thank you for this post!
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