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After so much procrastination, I finally spent some effort finishing up a script for easy installation and access to NUS SoC-VPN. 2 years of painful experience without much help (NOC documentation / helpdesk  is Fedora-centric and the linuxNUS wiki / manual isn’t that Debian/Ubuntu-friendly either) and frustration from frequent disconnection from SoC server, the suffering has finally ended. Self-help seems to be the best companion.

My SoC-VPN script provides a seamless installation and easy connect / disconnect to NUS SoC network as well as simplify the process to be as less obstructive as possible. It is a refined version of what I have been using for the past year.

Features include: dependencies checking, ready-to-run anywhere, easy to use, unobtrusive (no NOC netlogon screen), no additional packages required (like curl or lynx), root-usage checking, helpful usage, ubuntu-friendly

1 – Download my script in tar.gz format here

MediaFire | Mirror 1

md5sum: 02096667f7d3c85a6029a44414e49bea
crc32 : 4d73de35

2 – Untar it to Desktop by using Ubuntu Archive Manager or run the following command at the directory where you downloaded my script:

tar -xvzf socVPN_idyllic.tar.gz -C ~/Desktop/

3 – A folder name “socVPN_idyllic” will be created on your desktop. Run the following commands to proceed

cd ~/Desktop/socVPN_idyllic
chmod +x install_socvpn.sh
./install_socvpn.sh

4 – The script will prompt you for sudo password when it needed to copy configuration file to /etc/openvpn/ directory.

5 – Installation Completed 🙂 You can now delete the folder “socvpn_idyllic”

6 – Quick start : Remember to run at sudoer level!

To connect
sudo socvpn --start

To disconnect
sudo socvpn --stop

For a complete list of command, run “socvpn” or “sudo socvpn –help”.

I am open to suggestion 🙂 Feel free to contact me for constructive criticism. I am still a n00b. Cheers.

EDIT:
After download and extract files from the archive, edit socvpn.conf. Insert this line before the last line (route-up line) without the quote : ` mssfix 1460 `

Also change the last line to
route-up “sleep 5; wget https://noc.comp.nus.edu.sg/netlogon -O /tmp/netlogon 1>/dev/null 2>&1 &”

If there is still frequent disconnection, re-run the script the go to this page in your browser
https://noc.comp.nus.edu.sg/netlogon

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