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PPTP VPN With Debian (add button disabled)

Today I had to create a PPTP VPN in a Debian virtual machine, therefore I installed the following packets :


  • $sudo apt-get install pptpd
  • $sudo apt-get install pptp
  • $sudo apt-get instapp network-manager-pptp

but when I tried to add the VPN ( in System -> Preferences -> Network Connections ) the “add” button was disabled.

I tried to use the installed tools such as “pptpsetup”, but I couldn’t connect remotely to my VPN, but after a few searches apt with apt-cache search, and with the help of a friend we found out that other packages were missing. To solve the problem you might install the following package :


  • $sudo apt-get network-manager-pptp-gnome ( which was the Gnome GUI)


If this doesn’t solve the problem, ( and to install everything ), I finally installed also those :


  • $sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn
  • $sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc
  • $sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc-gnome


after this I restarted the following services :

  • /etc/init.d/pptpd restart
  • /etc/init.d/network-manager restart

and I could configure my VPN.


and that’s it.



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