In order to connect to firewall and DRACs of our new Rackspace cluster, I had to setup a VPN connection. Rackspace gave us a Cisco ASA device which is firewall and vpn in one. In order to connect to the VPN the client needs to do 2-factor authentication.
At first I tried to install the necessary add-ons for Ubuntu’s network-manager, but after I spent an hour or so trying to make it work, I took an alternate route.
Here’s all you need to get started:
Create a configuration file — I called mine
I put in the following:
Obviously, the capitalized values need to be replaced:
IPSec gateway: the VPN’s gateway/address
IPSec ID: the group’s name
IPSec secret: the group’s password
Xauth username: the username
Xauth password: the password associated with the username
If you’re with Rackspace, they’ll tell you those exact things when the firewall is provisioned. I gather other ISPs call them similar.
Using your VPN
Once the file is saved, just start the vpn connection:
Note: Just rackspace is plenty, not rackspace.conf or similar.
To disconnect it: