I try to setup a VPN Connection from a Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Microsoft VPN Server (Ubuntu is the Client in this Case), but I only get this error message:

.. connection failed! Check the log messages below for information why.
Couldn't open the /dev/ppp device: Operation not permitted 
FATAL: Module ppp_generic not found./usr/sbin/pppd: Sorry - this system lacks PPP kernel support

Details you may need:

modprobe -v ppp > FATAL: Module ppp not found.
uname -r -> 2.6.32-042stab076.8
  • Can you paste the output of apt-cache search ppp – Tom O'Connor Jun 26 '13 at 15:10

You're on a VPS on someone else's OpenVZ VPS hosting. Therefore you have no access to kernel modules and can only use the modules that the provider chooses to allow you.

To resolve the issue, contact the hosting provider. If the hosting provider is unable or unwilling to fix it, take your business somewhere else (and preferably somewhere not using OpenVZ).

  • It doesn't say it's someone elses VZ container.. It might be his.. – Tom O'Connor Jun 26 '13 at 15:21
  • @TomO'Connor If he was the provider, he would have mentioned it. They always do, without fail. At least for OpenVZ... – Michael Hampton Jun 26 '13 at 15:25
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    OpenVZ sucks anyway. – Tom O'Connor Jun 26 '13 at 15:52
  • the output of apt-cache search ppp -> pastebin.com/pQvhYDkL – supreme Jun 26 '13 at 19:40
  • Your package list is completely irrelevant here. – Michael Hampton Jun 26 '13 at 19:41

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