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Author: Michael Butash
To: PLUG Phoenix List
Subject: Re: VPN on virtual machine
The VM is pretty lightweight, I give it 2 cores and 2gb of ram, though
looking it's only using 102m of ram with everything running, but my current
pc is loaded with ram, so I don't much split harirs these days.


On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 2:49 AM Jim <> wrote:

> Thanks for the advice. I'll have to do some more reading to understand
> all that well enough to try it myself, and get some cash together before I
> buy a computer that will support all that.
> I have a Dell 32 bit dinosaur (wallace kubuntu 14) and this computer
> (ladmo kubuntu 18 64 bit). I have apache2 on wallace so I can share the
> occasional file with friends. Instead of taking a short sound clip and
> making a video out of it so I can share it with friends on facebook, I just
> put it on wallace and give them the url. I also keep copies of my pictures
> and music collection on wallace. So I have /var/www/html on wallace and
> the user account on wallace mounted on ladmo via nfs. I also have an ssh
> server on wallace so I can access it from ladmo and so I can transfer files
> between my phone and wallace via sftp. I had wallace connected to the
> router via the 100 mbit nic built into it until Saturday when I found a
> gigabit nic in the cabinet where I keep boxes of parts.
> Good luck with your setup Michael. I would suspect nobody knows what
> you're doing online except the CIA. :-)
> On 09/19/2018 10:34 PM, Michael Butash wrote:
> I use transmission-daemon as a server on the vm with the vpn, and connect
> to the server on port 9091 with a transmission-remote client on your local
> lan workstation. The vpn should override your default routing, and make
> sure to kill ipv6 as a sysctl too. I setup a dns for the local server ip
> running the transmission server, and make it available on a bridged
> interface to the rest of my lan. I use stickshift on my phone to
> manage/view them then. I usually run squid socks proxy on it too, using a
> proxy switcher on chrome as an extension to flip between on and off use out
> that connection as well.
> For extra credit, I setup unbound to do encrypted dns to cloudflare on it
> via some google tutorials, and I use zerotier as a link all my servers and
> clients into a local-ish lan vpn that I can access on cell, work, public
> wifi, wherever really. Check them out at
> -mb
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 3:56 PM Jim <> wrote:
>> I finally got the vpn working, but I'm having trouble with bittorrent.
>> So far I've tried Deluge. The next time I have time to mess with it, I can
>> try another bittorrent client. Michael, which one do you use?
>> On 09/18/2018 11:35 AM, Michael Butash wrote:
>> How are you configuring the openvpn connection? Using PIA vpn, they give
>> you an openvpn file to connect with, or at least did last I set it up, and
>> otherwise should just need the package dependencies installed with openvpn.
>> I'd say launch openvpn via the cli in debug to see what errors it's
>> giving with the ovpn file.
>> Bridge or nat should be irrelevant, I've run mine both ways. You should
>> only need ports 1194 out to your VPN provider, you don't need to port
>> forward one back, and actually recommend you do NOT unless you're wanting
>> an openvpn server yourself to connect back to. Mine works fine out via NAT.
>> -mb
>> On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 10:57 PM Jim <> wrote:
>>> I decided to try a virtual machine for bittorrent. The host machine
>>> runs kubuntu 14.04 with 4GB RAM. I've installed virtualbox 5.2.18. The
>>> virtual machine is running lubuntu 18 and has 1GB RAM. The problem is
>>> with the vpn. I can't get openvpn or pptp to work. I configured them
>>> using the same instructions I did on the host machine. When I try to
>>> start a VPN connction(openvpn or pptp) on the guest machine, the icon
>>> appears to show it's trying to connect, then it just stops without
>>> offering any error message. In Virtualbox's settings for the guest
>>> machine under network, I chose attached to NAT.
>>> Any ideas what I should do different?
>>> thanks
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