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How to Install PPTP VPN Server on Your VPS: Step-by-Step Guide for Ubuntu,Debian,and MikroTik

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Privacy and security are so crucial these days that they cannot be over-emphasized. For most people, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a tool to avoid tracking to stay anonymous. There are a lot of free and paid VPN apps and services around, of course, and you can use them if you’re only looking for safe browsing. But you can also create your own PPTP VPN server.

Running a VPN on your own server adds a whole new level to the playing field. Not only will you be in charge of all your data and how and where they’re moving, but you can also use your VPN for other purposes. Aside from enabling safe, anonymous browsing, a VPN is also a way to securely access sensitive files or apps on a private server. For example, a lot of companies use a VPN to allow their employees access to the company files and resources. So, for whatever reason, setting up a VPN on your own server lets you take complete control. That’s what this guide is about. Here, I’ll show you how to set up  PPTP VPN server on VPS using a few simple steps. First, however, let’s look at what exactly a PPTP VPN server is and how it works.

What Is a PPTP VPN?

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are a tool for allowing secure access to another computer, resources, or files over a typical Internet connection. You can think of VPN as a sort of tunnel, where only the connections with the right certification can pass through to the other side, creating a secure space. For most users, a VPN is just a browser extension or app that helps them browse anonymously. The app you’re using for that is a VPN client — the VPN server is handled by the company running the service. But what I’m going to show you here is how to create and take control of your own PPTP VPN server. 

PPTP stands for the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol. It’s the most straightforward way of setting up a secure private network, and you can create PPTP VPN server in a few steps and with very little cost. Let’s get started on creating our server.

How to Set up a PPTP VPN on a Linux VPS

Naturally, to set up PPTP VPN server on VPS; first, you’ll need a VPS. Cloudzy’s Linux VPS is your best bet for an affordable VPS that is powerful enough to handle the necessary workload of data passing through. If you stick around to the end, I’ll also show you how you can make VPN easier using our MikroTik VPS.

Now, with your VPS ready, use SSH to connect to your Linux command-line and get ready to create PPTP VPN server. 

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Step 1. Install PPTPD

If your OS is CentOS/RedHat 6 & CentOS/RedHat 7:

yum install -y  ppp perl nano iptables
cd /usr/local/src
wget http://poptop.sourceforge.net/yum/stable/packages/pptpd-1.4.0-1.el6.x86_64.rpm 
rpm -Uhv pptpd-1.4.0-1.el6.x86_64.rpm 

If you are using Ubuntu:

apt-get update
apt-get install -y  pptpd

Step 2. Edit IP Settings

Open files with your favorite editor, we use vim here 

nano /etc/pptpd.conflocalip 192.168.0.1   

remoteip 192.168.0.101-200 # Replace with your VPS IP 

Step 3. Add Usernames and Passwords

nano /etc/ppp/chap-secrets

usernameForuser1 *  setpassword1here  *

Step 4. Enable network forwarding in /etc/sysctl.conf

echo "net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf

use the following command to apply the change:

sysctl -p

Step 5. Configure routing and firewall

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 1723 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p gre -j ACCEPT
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
iptables -A FORWARD -i ppp+ -o eth0 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -i eth0 -o ppp+ -j ACCEPT

If your OS is CentOS/RedHat 6 & CentOS/RedHat 7, using the flowing command for saving:

service iptables save
service iptables restart

Step 6. Start PPTP VPN server

If your OS is CentOS or Redhat, using the following command:

service pptpd restart

If your OS is Ubuntu, using the following command:

systemctl restart pptpd

To start PPTP Daemon automatically when rebooting next time, use the command:

If your OS is CentOS/RedHat 6 & CentOS/RedHat 7:

chkconfig pptpd on

If you are using Ubuntu:

systemctl enable pptpd

Also Read: Install PPTP VPN on CentOS 8

Create a PPTP VPN Server in Second using Cloudzy’s MikroTik VPS

Okay, now that you know how to create a PPTP VPN server on your VPS, it’s time to tell you about an easier way you can create not only PPTP, but other, more advanced types of VPN servers too. You see, PPTP is okay for your usual browsing privacy, but it’s not exactly known for its security. MikroTik VPS is a Cloudzy VPS hosting solution that gives you the incredible power of a MikroTik router, so you can easily create all sorts of VPNs, firewalls, port-forwarders, etc.

FAQ

What is PPTP VPN?

It’s a straightforward type of Virtual Private Network that you can easily set up on your VPS using Ubuntu, Debian, or CentOS/RHEL. It creates a secure, private tunnel over unsecured Internet connections.

How is a PPTP VPN server different from a VPN app?

A VPN app is just a client, meaning you don’t have access to the server. When you create your own VPN server, you’ll be able to fully control all connections, and you’ll be fully independent. Also, you’ll be able to access your files and resources securely.

Can I set up a PPTP VPN server on Windows?

There are ways to set up a VPN using Windows Server, but they are much more of a hassle than doing it on Linux. If you don’t want to turn your Windows into a Linux, you can always get a MikroTik VPS from Cloudzy.

How do I connect to my PPTP VPN server?

You will need to configure your device or VPN software to connect to your server using its IP address and the username/password you created above.

Alex is a senior content writer and strategist with an interest in all things tech. He has been working in content for some years, before which he was engaged in academic research on literature and philosophy. He loves writing, logic, and challenging himself.

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