Ubuntu PPTP VPN internet gateway

Setup PPTP Server

First we need to install pptp server using apt-get

# sudo apt-get install pptpd

Then we need to configure the pptpd.

# sudo nano /etc/pptpd.conf

Add server IP and client IP at the end of the file. You can add like below:


This sets up the PPTP server to use IP while distributing the IP range to to PPTP clients. Change these as you wish as long as they are private IP addresses and do not conflict with IP addresses already used by your server.

Configure DNS servers to use when clients connect to this PPTP server

# sudo nano /etc/ppp/pptpd-options

Uncomment the ms-dns and add google like below or OpenDNS


Now add a VPN user in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets file.

# sudo nano /etc/ppp/chap-secrets

The first column is username. Second column is server name, you can put “pptpd” in there. Third column is password. The last column is the IP addresses, you can put * to allow all IP.

# client        server  secret                  IP addresses
username * myPassword *

Finally start your server

# /etc/init.d/pptpd restart

Setup IP Forwarding

To enable IPv4 forward. Change /etc/sysctl.conf file, add forward rule below.

# sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

Uncomment the line


Then reload the configuration

sudo sysctl -p

Add forward rule in iptables

# sudo nano /etc/rc.local

adding to the bottom just before the exit 0

iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
iptables -A FORWARD -p tcp --syn -s -j TCPMSS --set-mss 1356

This example is using 192.168.0 for its PPTP subnet. The second rule adjusts the MTU size :

You are done. Just reboot your server and you should be able to connect to using PPTPD and send all your traffic through this server.

Setup Windows VPN connection

  • Create a new PPTP connection
  • Select Type of VPN: Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
  • Select Data encryption: Require encryption (disconnect if server declines)
  • Select Allow theese protocols and uncheck everything but the Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)

Setup Linux VPN connection

  • $ sudo pptpsetup –create MYCONNECTION –server –domain DOMAINNAME –username myname –password *** –encrypt –start
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