Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is used to set up a virtual network connection across another physical network connection. In this case, that involves setting up a VPN connection to the University of Twente, so that you will acquire an IP address starting with 130.89, even if your Internet Service Provider is not the same as that of the University of Twente.


  • This manual is written for Ubuntu 16.04.
  • This manual uses a consistent style of writing: references to text and buttons on screens are printed in italics, information that you have to enter yourself is printed in bold.  

You require the following things:

  • An active Internet connection.
  • An ICT account. This is your student or employee number with corresponding password.
  • Local root rights.


Step 1: install OpenVPN software.

Step 2: Settings

  • Click the Network Manager icon in the announcement panel.
  • Click Edit Connetions...

Step 3: Add VPN connection

  • Scroll down to "Import a saved VPN configuration".
  • Click Create and select the downloaded configuration file.

Step 4: VPN settings

Check the default settings:

  • Click on tab "IPv4 Settings".
  • On "Method" select "Automatic (VPN)".

  • Click on tab "UPv6 Settings".
  • On "Method" select "Automatic (VPN)".

  • Click on tab "VPN". Click Advanced.
  • Please check all settings:

  • Click on tab "Security".
  • Please check all settings:

  • Click on tab "TLS Authentication".
  • Please check all settings:

  • Click on tab "VPN".
  • Type behind Username: your s- of m-number (e.g. m0123456).
  • Type behind Password: the corresponding password.
  • Click Save.

Disable dnsmasq for NetworkManager which is used by default on Ubuntu by modifying /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf. Add a # in front of the dns=dnsmasq line.

Reboot the computer.

  • Click right above in your screen on the network icon. Choose VPN connections.
  • Select which VPN connection you want to start. You are ready to use VPN.