5.7.4:     VPN and Remote Desktop


VPN (Virtual Private Network) and remote desktop connections are carried out in MEPIS Linux 7.0 by utilities available from the standard repositories.


Installing the package Kvpnc allows you to easily manage VPN connections in a graphic environment. Follow these steps to connect:

  1. Click on the application and supply the root password.
  2. On the menu bar, click Profile --> New Profile
  3. Fill in the boxes on the screen as appropriate. You can import your Cisco profile file, click Help --> Kvpnc Handbook for details.
  4. Save the profile, then click the Connect button.

VPnc is a command-line VPN client installed with MEPIS Linux 7.0 that is compatible with Cisco EasyVPN. Open a terminal, become root, and simply enter:


For details, consult the man pages by entering man:vpnc in Konqueror's address bar.

Remote Desktop

Remote desktop connections can be managed by installing the package krdc. Follow these steps to connect:

  1. In the "Remote desktop" field type in the LAN IP of your remote server (PC) you want to control. For example: It must have the “:0” following the IP address. This is because VNC, the actual application being used, can create several sessions when connecting to a Linux box allowing you to type in :1, :2, etc. corresponding to the session number. For a Windows box you just need the default session of :0.
  2. Click Connect.
  3. Once you click connect you need to choose the Connection Type, according to what speed of Internet connection you have. You will then be prompted for the VNC password you set on the remote server (PC).
  4. You should now be connected to the remote server (PC) and able to control it as if you were physically present at the remote site.