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Set up a VPN Server (PPTP) on AWS and use it anywhere

Set up a VPN Server (PPTP) on AWS

  1. Create a EC2 instance using Ubuntu 14.04.
  2. In Secure Group Inbound Rules, add a SSH Rule(TCP, Port 22, and a Custom TCP Rule(TCP, Port 1723,
  3. Optional: Associate a Elastic IP with the instance.
  4. SSH into the instance.
  5. sudo apt-get install pptpd.
  6. sudo vim /etc/pptpd.conf. Uncomment localip and remoteip,
  7. sudo vim /etc/ppp/pptpd-options. Uncomment ms-dns and ms-wins. Change the IP to Google's DNS like this:


  1. sudo vim /etc/ppp/chap-secrets. Add VPN users in this format <username> pptpd <passwd> *.
  2. sudo vim /etc/sysctl.conf. Uncomment net.ipv4.ip_forward=1.
  3. sudo /sbin/sysctl -p.
  4. sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE.
  5. sudo vim /etc/rc.local. Add iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE before exit 0.
  6. sudo /etc/init.d/pptpd restart.

OSX Usage

  1. Go to System Preferences > Network.
  2. Click the + button. Choose VPN as interface. PPTP as VPN Type. And enter a name you can understand. Click Create.
  3. Enter your instance's Public IP in Server Address.
  4. Enter your <username> in Account Name.
  5. Click Authentication Settings. Choose Password and enter your <password>.
  6. Click Advanced. Check Send all traffic over VPN connection. Click OK.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Click Connect.
  9. Get yourself a cup of coffee and rock on!

iOS Usage

  1. Go to Settings > General > VPN.
  2. Touch Add VPN Configuration....
  3. Choose PPTP.
  4. Enter any name in Description.
  5. Enter your instance's Public IP in Server.
  6. Enter your <username> in Account.
  7. Enter your <password> in Password.
  8. Turn on Send All Traffic.
  9. Save.
  10. Switch on the VPN connection.
  11. Rock on!
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