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Introduction

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is used to set up a virtual network connection across another physical network connection. In this first 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. With this VPN connection you will get both an IPv4 and IPv6 UT address. All network traffic from your device will go through the network of the University of Twente.

Second case is setting up a secure internet VPN connection. You will get both an IPv4 and IPv6 address from SURFnet. All network traffic from your device will go through the network of the SURFnet.

Before you start

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 Internet connection.
  • UT e-mail address.

Installation of VPN

STEP 1: INSTALL 

Download the available OpenVPN client https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/

You can also install the OpenVPN client from your machines package manager.

STEP 2: create a config

Create a configuration file via the eduVPN portal.
You don’t have to create both profiles.
If you want to setup a VPN connection to the University network, you only have to create the institute access profile.
If you want to setup a secure internet VPN connection to the SURFnet network, you only have to create the secure internet profile.

Note: the 2 profiles must be created via two different portals.

INSTITUE ACCESS PROFILE
Log on to https://ut.eduvpn.nl
Go to configurations.
Click on> continue.
Select the profile: institute access.
Enter a random name for Name. Preference: Institue Access UT.
Click on> create and download.

SECURE INTERNET PROFILE
Log on at https://nl.eduvpn.org
Go to configurations.
Click on> continue.
Select the profile: Amsterdam.
Enter a random name for Name. Preference: Secure Internet.
Click on> create and download.

STEP 3: USING THE CONFIG

This step is different for every Ubuntu or other Linux version. 

To setup the VPN connection from the command line you can execute the following command in a terminal: openvpn <your-downloaded-config-file.ovpn>

If you want to terminate the connection press crtl+c.

You can also import the config file into for example the network manager.
Please search the internet on how to do this for you Ubuntu of Linux version.

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