Saturday, May 1, 2010

Connecting to a Microsoft vpn with Ubuntu

In this post I am assuming that you are running ubuntu desktop with gnome.

The first step is to install the appropriate package:
   sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome network-manager-pptp

Next, click on the network manager icon
   VPN Connections -> Configure VPN...

Then click Add

After that enter your gateway, username, and password.

Then click Advanced...

The settings you want to change here are, uncheck EAP (in top list) and check MPPE

Click Ok then Apply and you are done

Friday, April 30, 2010

Redmine 0.9.3 on Ubuntu

In attempt to replace our existing help desk ticketing system I recently had to install Redmine 0.9.3 on Ubuntu 9.10 for my work. While I have had a great deal of luck with the 0.8.5 and 0.8.7 versions of this software the newer versions now require a updated version of Phusion Passenger. In order to accommodate this it was necessary to take the following steps.

1. Uninstall libapache2-mod-passenger, i.e. "apt-get remove libapache2-mod-passenger"
2. Acquire the security key from brightbox with "wget -O - | apt-key add -"
3. Add the brightbox repository to your sources with "wget -c -P /etc/apt/sources.list.d/" (I know that this is a repository for a older version of ubuntu but it was the one I got to work)

4. Refresh your package list with "apt-get update"
5. Install package with "apt-get install libapache2-mod-passenger"
6. Re-enable the module with apache with "a2enmod passenger"
7. Then restart apache

A few notes:
I was running all of these commands as superuser
I was assuming that apache was not running when I started
Also with the new redmine remember that application_controller.rb now needs to be named application.rb