Interested in Softether VPN installing? We prepared an article on installing and configuring Softether VPN!
Before we start talking about how to raise vpn – Softether VPN, maybe you will decide to try other options of personal VPN servers:
- How to set up and configure VPN Streisand
- Algo VPN
Why Softether VPN?
Softether VPN has a number of advantages over other scripts and VPN installers on the server:
- Easy and clear installation on the server
- Managing VPN settings using a special client program installed on a personal computer
- The VPN fine-tuning
Creating VPN L2TP/IPsec server
As servers are provided by hosting providers, you need first to sign up for them to know who they are dealing with.
Signing up at hosting provider
- Enter your email address
- Create and enter a password
Click Create an Account
Get into your email account and complete registration by clicking a link in the confirmation email
The registration is completed. The next step is adding a bank card.
Adding a debit/credit card
After registration you have to enter payment information. You need to have a debit/credit card which is accepted for online payments.
Use English while entering the data.
Then, we move on to the third step – choosing and creating a server.
Creating a personal server
Let’s get down to how to create a personal server (you can also create a website or personal cloud drive like Yandex disk or DropBox on this server). The DigitalOcean provider calls them Droplet.
Click Create Droplet and then you will be redirected to the page for creating server configurations:
- In Choose an image section choose the Ubuntu distribution (16.04×64 recommended)
Choose a tariff of 5$ per month or 0,007 cents per hour
Choose a datacenter region, which in the future will emulate your location (if you select the US city, the IP will be American). Moreover, it should be noted that the closer to the server you are, the faster you will load pages and files
At the end click CREATE to create Droplet (a server)
Creating takes 2-5 minutes. Then you will receive an email with the server’s IP address, login (usually root), and a password.
You can also learn IP on the main Droplet control page.
Let’s move on to creating from a regular server in the VPN.
Creating a VPN server
Further we will tell how to connect to the server and what packages need to be installed to make it work!
Connecting to the server
In order to somehow manage the server (command line), you need a tool. In our case it’s the PuTTY utility, which you need to download and install.
After installation, run PuTTY, specify the IP address and click OPEN.
- Then you need to enter your login (root)
- You are required to change the received password immediately
ATTENTION! WHILE ENTERING THE PASSWORD, THE LINE REMAINS EMPTY AS IF YOU ENTER NOTHING
- password – “old”, current password
- (Curent) UNIX password – confirm password
- Enter new UNIX password – enter a new password
- Retype new Unix password – confirm a new password
Configuring VPN L2TP/IPsec server
Update the Ubuntu server software:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
sudo apt-get install build-essential
Now you have to download Softether VPN to our DigitialOcean VPS server.
- Go to the softether website
- Copy the link to the latest version of the Softether VPN Server software. To get it, you need to set it in the menu:
Select Component — Softether VPN Server
Select Platform — Linux
Select CPU Intel x64
- Then copy the link to the file
- On the server write the command wget and the copied link for downloading the archive
Unpack the archive:
tar -xzf v-XXXXXXXXXXXX-linux-x64-64bit.tar.gz
Go to the vpnserver folder extracted from the archive:
Run the compilation with the command:
Agree with the license agreement, after which the compilation starts
When the compilation completes, exit the vpnserver folder:
Move vpnserver to the / usr / local /
mv vpnserver/ /usr/local
Grant access rights that the system was reliable and less susceptible to hacking
chmod 600 * /usr/local/vpnserver/ && chmod 700 * /usr/local/vpnserver/vpncmd && chmod 700 * /usr/local/vpnserver/vpnserver
Now you need to add Softether VPN to autorun when starting the server or after rebooting. To do it, copy the data from this text file and paste it into the terminal
Grant rights to the process:
chmod 755 /etc/init.d/vpnserver
Run the vpnerver process
update-rc.d vpnserver defaults
Actually, all the work is done on the server, you need to download the Softether VPN manager on the operating system, select SoftEther VPN Server Manager in the Select Component section
Setting up Softether VPN
Run SoftEther VPN Server Manager and create a new connection
Name the connection and specify the IP address of the server.
If a firewall window appears, give a permission
Connect to the server
When connecting for the first time, enter the new password.
Select “Remote Access VPN Server” and click Next
Do not change anything in DNS, close the window
Enable device support selecting “Enable L2tP Function” (L2TP over IPSec)
Disable support for Azure services “Disable VPN Azure” and click OK
Create a new user
Enter the user name and password and click OK
Click on the new connection
Go to VirtualNat
Enable “SecureNAT” and exit
Download and install Softether VPN Client
Open Softether VPN Client and click Add VPN Connection to adjust the settings
click Add VPN Connection again and specify:
- Any setting name
- IP address
- User name and password
and then click OK
Choose the VPN connection and connect to it!
Any questions left? Post them in comments and tell whether you’ve succeed or failed.
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