Babase VPN on Mac OS X
You always have the option of installing the application using the instructions on the OpenVPN web site, but the easier way, if you've Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, is to use the pre-packaged OpenVPN that includes a management GUI.
Note: This will probably work for Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4 on the PPC/Intel architecture. If you have an older version we'll have to do something else.
Go to http://www.tunnelblick.net/ and download the latest released version which will extract itself upon downloading.
Version 3.0_B4 is availablehere
When the program is done downloading and extracts itself, place it in your applications folder then drag the icon in the applications folder to your dock.
Open your home folder and go to Library. Then open the folder entitled openvpn.
In this folder you will need to place two files in this directory.
When you run Tunnelblick you will see a little tunnel at the top right hand corner of the screen which will let you connect by selecting "Connect 'openvpn'" and disconnect with the "Disconnect 'openvpn'" commands through the graphical dropdown. It may be helpful to have tunnelblick be in your startup items so you don't have to run it every time you want to connect on computers that are typically used for ranking.
Babase VPN on Windows XP
As Administrator, install OpenVPN GUI for Windows. Unless you already have OpenVPN (without GUI) installed on your computer, it is easiest to download and install the installation package with both OpenVPN and OpenVPN GUI. Once installation completes, you should notice a new OpenVPN GUI icon in your system tray (at the lower-right corner of your desktop). The icon should be lit red at this point, because you have not made a VPN connection yet.
Download the following two files, and place them in the C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config\ directory on your computer:
Now, to connect, right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon in your system tray, and choose "Connect". You will be prompted for your Duke Biology Unix user name and password. If the connection is successful, the icon will turn green. To disconnect, simply right lick on the icon and choose "Disconnect".
Optional Tweaks to Configuration
By default, OpenVPN GUI will start in your system tray whenever your computer starts up. If you do not want this behavior, you can use AutoRuns for Windows to tweak it.
If you normally use your Windows XP computer as a non-Administrator user, you should create a shortcut to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui.exe, right-click on the shortcut, select "Properties", click "Advanced..." and select "Run with different credentials". Now, when you double-click this shortcut, you should choose to run it as Administrator (VPN will not function correctly if you do not run it as Administrator). The How-To section of the OpenVPN GUI website has more information on how to run VPN as a non-admin user.
Notes on Using the Babase VPN
When you start the VPN you will be asked for your Duke Biology Unix user name and password.
To test the VPN use the "ping" program to ping papio-vpn.biology.duke.edu (aka 172.16.3.1). If you get a response the VPN is working.
To connect to papio using the VPN you cannot use papio.biology.duke.edu. Use papio-vpn.biology.duke.edu (172.16.3.1) instead.