If you need a vpn client installed on your machine, here's a tutorial for vpnc (which is the best alternative for the cisco client for windows machines).
Open a terminal and go root by typing:
Open 'etc/apt/sources.list' with the nano-editor, which is very intuitiv and comes with every Debian installation, by typing:
Once opened, check if your repositories-list looks similar to this one:
deb http://ftp.ch.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
Because the package is in the main-repository 'main' is the key word that must not be missing in your '/etc/apt/sources.list'. If it should not be there, just add the line above. To save in the nano editor, you press 'ctrl-o' and quit it by pressing 'ctrl-x'.
If you had to modify the file update the repository list by typing:
Install the vpnc by typing:
apt-get install vpnc
Create a configuration file in order to have access to Zurich University by typing:
The following text should be inside:
IPSec gateway vpnserver.uzh.ch
IPSec ID 'groupUsername'
IPSec secret 'groupPassword'
Xauth username 'sYourImmatriculationNumber'
Xauth password 'yourPassword'
save the file by pressing 'ctrl-o' and quit the editor by pressing 'ctrl-x'.
a) don't write the quotation marks ' '.
b) 'groupName', 'groupPassword' can be found on the website of the Zurich University.
c) Xauth password can be set or not, it's up to you!
Customise the File Rights
Type in the terminal:
chmod 644 /etc/vpnc/uzh.conf
chown root.root /etc/vpnc/uzh.conf
Start / end the program
1. In order to start the program, type in the terminal as superuser:
2. In order to end the program, type in the terminal as superuser:
More information on how to enter the internal section of the University of Zurich can be found