This guide is intended for those who want to set up a PPTP VPN on OpenVZ with Debian or Ubuntu on a capable provider such as Ramnode.com. Lots of time has been spent through trial and error trying to figure it out.
To verify PPP is working, run:
It should return this:
cat: /dev/ppp: No such device or address
1. Install the pptp server package:
apt-get install pptpd
2. Edit the “pptpd.conf” configuration file:
Uncomment the localip and remoteip lines and change them to something like this:
Where the “localip” is the address of your VPS, and the remoteip are the addresses that will be handed out to the clients, it is up to you to adjust these for your network’s requirements.
3. Edit the “pptpd-options” configuration file:
Uncomment the ms-dns lines and change them to:
Where the IP used for the ms-dns line is the DNS server for the local network your client will be connecting to. In my example, I used OpenDNS’s DNS servers.
4. Edit the “chap-secrets” file:
Add the authentication credentials for a user’s connection, in the following syntax:
Make sure that you separate each entry with a single tab. It could be like this:
john * jsmith88 *
5. Edit the MTU settings:
Add this line to the end of the file:
ifconfig $1 mtu 1400
6. Allow PPTP through the firewall (iptables):
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j SNAT --to-source 18.104.22.168
Change 22.214.171.124 to your VPS’s public IP address.
After that, type in:
7. Restart the pptpd for the settings to take affect:
If you don’t want to grant yourself access to anything beyond the server, then you’re done on the server side