Posts Tagged ‘linux’

Setting up VPN Connection with gnome Network Manager

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Recently for a project I’ve been working on at the office I had to set up a VPN connection to gain access to the client’s network. They already had vpn set up on their end (thankfully) however, oddly enough I didn’t have a vpn client. I noticed that the gnome Network Manager had a tab for VPN, however the add button was disabled. After a quick google, I found out that you just have to install the packages ‘network-manager-pptp’ and ‘pptp-linux’ to enable it.

sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp pptp-linux
Network Manager Window

Did the trick and now it was just a matter of entering the server information, username, password. At this point I was still unable to connect to the network. I double and triple checked my info and it was all right. It turned out I had to enable Point to Point Encryption (makes sense) in the advanced section.

Use Point to Point encryption

Now, I have a nice little ‘locked’ icon on my network status bar.

VPN Connection in Network Manager

VPN Connection in Network Manager

Who knew it would be that easy?

Virtual Server Setup

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Recently, I needed a clean environment to do some development for a project at work. The OS (ubuntu) I have installed on my development computer wasn’t the same as what the application was originally developed and deployed in (red hat) and this was causing a few issues. I debated bringing up a slicehost slice solely for coding and testing, but this seemed like a hassle, as well as an extra expense.

Enter virtualization. There are a number of options to create a virtual computer on your host system. The most popular hypervisors are VMware and Xen. What these programs will let you do is create a completely separate installation of an operating system inside your current one. This let me create the clean environment I needed for this project.


Simple Time Tracking with Project Hamster

Friday, June 6th, 2008

If you’re like me, you frequently need to be able to tell people how long a project took, how much time some bug fixes ate out of the day, or what you worked on the past day. I’ve looked around for a quick & simple app to track my time usage and hadn’t come up with a good match until I recently found Project Hamster. My previous main barrier to usage was laziness and wanting a lightweight program to do this simple task. Hamster makes it dead easy to enter time, add new categories / activities and view simple reports.