Ubuntu VPN Configuration

Before attempting to connect to NAU’s VPN, you need to have the following software installed on your computer. You can check for and obtain this software through the Ubuntu Software Center.

  • Network Manager applet
  • network-manager-pptp
  • network-manager-pptp-gnome

You also need to connect to the Internet before you attempt to connect to the VPN.

To configure NAU’s VPN, click on the double arrows network icon in the Notification area of your desktop. Select VPN Connections and then Configure VPN from the drop-down menu.


Network icon drop down menu.
Figure: Network icon drop down menu.
Select the VPN tab and click Add.
Network Connections window.
Figure: Network Connections window.
If it isn’t already selected, choose Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) from the drop down menu, then select Create.
Select Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).
Figure: Select Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).

Fill in the following information in the Editing NAU VPN window. DO NOT enter your password. Click the Advanced button when finished.

  • Connection name: Whatever you wish the connection to be called
  • Gateway: vpn.nau.edu
  • User name: nau-students\abc123 (enter your own UID in place of abc123) for students, Nau\abc123 for faculty

Editing NAU VPN Window.
Figure: Editing NAU VPN Window.

In the PPTP Advanced Options window:

  • Uncheck everything but MSCHAP and MSCHAPv2 under the Authentication section.
  • Under Security and Compression, only check the boxes next to Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE).
  • Allow stateful encryption. 
  • Set Security to All Available (Default). 
  • Uncheck all other boxes.

PPTP Advanced Options window.
Figure: PPTP Advanced Options window.

Click OK and Save the connection. The NAU VPN connection should now appear under VPN Connections when you click on the double arrows network icon.  Double click on the NAU VPN connection and enter your password. NEVER save your password for this connection. Not only is this unsecure, but the VPN will not connect with the password saved.


NAU VPN now appears in the Networks drop-down menu.
Figure: NAU VPN now appears in the Networks drop-down menu.
You should receive a message letting you know that you have successfully connected to the VPN and a closed lock should appear over you network icon.

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NAU's VPN service allows users to securely connect to the Northern Arizona University network. 

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