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Ubuntu server persistent auto reconnecting PPTP VPN connection

Ubuntu server persistent auto reconnecting PPTP VPN connection

I have set up a PPTP VPN client on my Ubuntu server. Unfortunately when the server reboots, the connection goes down and stays down. After a long search I found a solution on this website. It is simple bash script, which checks if the VPN server (which had the VPN ip of 10.8.3.0) is pingable. If not it restarts the PPTP VPN connection.

ping -c3 10.8.3.0 > pingreport
result=`grep "0 received" pingreport`
truncresult="`echo "$result" | sed 's/^\(.................................\).*$/\1/'`"
if [[ $truncresult == "3 packets transmitted, 0 received" ]]; then
pon company-vpn
fi

I execute this script every five minutes, by editing the /etc/crontab file and added the following rule:

*/5 *   * * *   root    bash /root/vpn-check.sh
Howto install OpenVPN on Ubuntu server tutorial (and connect from OSX clients)

Howto install OpenVPN on Ubuntu server tutorial (and connect from OSX clients)

I have three computers: MacBook Pro, Netbook and a PC. They all have their own data. It would be very nice if I had all my files on just one location (e.g. my server). The only problem is: how do I access these files in a secure way. SSH is an option, but does not quite fit my needs. The solution: NFS over a VPN. NFS fulfilled all my needs, but I do not want to open NFS to whole world through my router.

A VPN, gives me access to my home network and makes it possible for me to access all my files in a secure way. My server (an Asus EEE Box) runs Ubuntu Server, and there is a Linux version of OpenVPN! I thought installing OpenVPN should not be that hard; I just need to find the right tutorial.

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