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I have the following VPN credentials that work perfectly from OS X:

Server Address:
Account Name: jbieber
Password: babybaby
Shared Secret: welovebieber

On Ubuntu 10.10, I can access the VPN settings from

System > Preferences > Network Connections > VPN

The above GUI has the following fields but I can't find any field for Shared Secret

User name:
NT Domain:

Has anyone successfully connected to VPN on Ubuntu with a Shared Secret?


I chose PPTP for the protocol.

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You cannot set up a VPN without knowing exactly what protocol is being used (OpenVPN, PPTP, Cisco, L2TP, ...) – grawity Jan 24 '11 at 16:06
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I use vpnc. Install it:

sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc

Run it:

sudo vpnc

Enter connection data:

* IPSEC gateway: the hostname or IP of the VPN server
* IPSEC ID: the groupname
* IPSEC secret: the shared password for the group
* your username
* your password

You should also see a new option under System > Preferences > Network Connections > VPN to add a Cisco Compatible VPN

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