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How to configure Linux Ubuntu setup using Standard User?

These are the instructions to connect non administrative account (newuser in this example) to VPN using Linux. The instructions were made using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and connecting to US #311 server using UDP protocol. Before following these instructions, please make sure at least 1-7 steps of our Linux tutorial has already been completed: Linux Ubuntu 14.04 Setup

1. Login to your admin account;

2. Create a new file and name it or however you prefer. For the sake of convenience we will create the file in ~/Documents/ folder;

3. Open the file and enter these two lines:

sudo openvpn /etc/openvpn/

Save and close the file;

4. Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run sudo visudo command. Afterwards, you will be prompted your administrator password, please enter it.

It will open the /etc/sudoers.tmp file as shown below.


5. Using arrow keys navigate to the #Members of the admin group may gain root privileges and below the %admin ALL=(ALL) ALL entry type these three lines:

newuser ALL=NOPASSWD: /home/blue_mountain/Documents/
newuser ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/openvpn
newuser ALL=NOPASSWD: /etc/openvpn/

6. Press Ctrl + X to close the file. Shortly afterwards you will be asked to press Y in order to save changes you have made. You will be required to press press Enter to complete the changes;

7. Access your standard user account;


8. Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and runcd /home/blue_mountain/Documentscommand;

9. Now you can use sh command to use previously created script to connect to VPN, though you will be required to enter your NordVPN credentials;

10. Wait for the VPN connection to be established. It is indicated by the Initialization Sequence Completed message.

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