How to setup VPN connection Oxford University Ubuntu (Linux)

I needed to connect to Oxford University via a VPN connection from my Ubuntu 13.10 laptop.  They have some instructions by they are quite complicated and not very clear. Here is how I did it:

1 – Install a Cisco compatiable VPN Client
Oxford University uses the Cisco VPN. You can install this directly from the repositories.

sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc vpnc

2 – Update the VPN service

sudo nano /etc/dbus-1/system.d/nm-vpnc-service.conf

Add a new policy before the </busconfig>

<policy at_console="true">
     <allow own="org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.vpnc"/>
     <allow send_destination="org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.vpnc"/>
</policy>

You can save and close nano by ctrl-o (for saving files) and ctrl-x (for exiting).

3 – Get the settings…
Go to https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/index and follow these steps to get the settings. Note: you will need to login using your account details (these will be the same as your emails etc).

Login then select “Register for and download site-licensed software (Sophos, VPN)”

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Select “VPNC Client for Linux/Unix”

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Client the “vpnc configuration file”

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… and up pops this window.

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You will need all this information for the following steps.

4 – Configure the VPN Connection Locally

Click on the network icon at the top right of the screen.  Select VPN connections -> Configure VPN…

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In the Network Connections dialog box – click “Add”

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Select “Cisco Compatitble VPN (vpnc)”.  It you can’t see this option then you need to go back and install the VPNC client.

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Fill in the fields as show below.  You will need your University login and also the setting which we found before.

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Then click “Save”.  You can connect…

5 – Connect…

Click on the network icon and under “VPN Connections” – select the VPN connection that you have just created.  The network icon will pulse and you should see this icon:

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Let me know if this works or doesn’t work for you.

Happy VPN’ing.