How to Setup PPTP VPN Connection on Debian 8 Gnome Desktop

This tutorial explains how simple it is to setup a PPTP VPN connection on Debian 8 Gnome Desktop.

Install PPTP VPN Client On Debian 8 Gnome

Open a terminal window and run this command to install PPTP VPN client.

sudo apt-get install pptp-linux network-manager-pptp network-manager-pptp-gnome

Configure PPTP VPN Connection

Once the client is installed, log out of your system and log back in.

Open Gnome settings panel. Click Network icon.

gnome network settings

In the network settings window, click the plus button at the left-bottom to create a new connection.

add a new connection in gnome

Select VPN from the list.

create a vpn connection on debian 8

Select point to point tunneling protocol.

point to point tunneling protocol

In the next window, give this VPN connection a name, enter the IP address of  your VPN server, enter VPN username and password.

vpn connection details

Now click the Advanced button at the bottom-right. This will open up the advanced option window. Check Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE), then click OK to save your settings.

PPTP VPN advanced options

Next, click Add button to add this VPN connection.

add pptp vpn connection

Now click the network icon at the task bar and you will be able to connect to your VPN server.

connect to your VPN server

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