Create Private PPTP VPN for personal use in Linode Cloud Hosting.

Nowadays many things are getting blocked by the government, and sometimes without even a valid reason. When something like this happen to you, you probably looking for some way to bypass these restrictions, and most of the times we look for free or cheap VPNs.

In today’s world, nothing is actually free, there is always something we are giving in return to those so called free providers and most of the time we are doing this unknowingly. User data is the most valuable asset in today’s business, and we are always sharing that info even without our knowledge.

And also, when we are using those free VPNs, we really don’t have any control over the data that we are accessing using it, as there could be some tacking configured or may be configured with a man-in-the-middle attack (MITM)..

So, I strongly suggest not to trust those providers blindly, as you could easily setup your own PPTP VPN from with 1TB data transfer every month with just 5$ a month fee. For this you have create a account in Linode. Here you will get a dedicated VM with 1 GB RAM, 1 Core CPU, 25 GB SSD, 1 TB Data transfer with 40 Gbps network In and 1000 Mbps Network Out and one dedicate IPV4 & IPV6 IPAddress.

Please follow the guide bellow to host your own private high speed PPTP VPN Server.


  • Open Linode Web for creating one account : Chick Here
  • Register your account with a credit card and Use promo code DOCS10 for $10 credit on a new account.
    (You need your credit cad for minimum $5 top-up, and you will get total $15 in your account)
  • Logon to your account.
  • You can select Nanode 1GB.
  • Select your preferred region and click Add this Linode!

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Cleanup disabled users from AD Group/s

Cleanup disabled accounts from groups is one of the most boring job, and also take lots of time. Manually it’s almost impossible to maintain. Recently I had a request to perform such task for many groups, so, I wrote a script to do it automatically on behalf of me. I am now sharing this script, hoping this might help you as well.

This script will do following task automatically.

  • Get the members of a group.
  • Identify only users.
  • Identify disabled users.
  • Check every disabled users group memberships.
  • Remove the disabled users from that group.
  • Generate a report with status (success / failure).
  • Keep the report on your desktop.

New Feature : EC2 Instance Console Screenshot for Boot Troubleshooting

Finally a great feature add to AWS EC2 instances (HVM virtualization only), which was requested by almost everyone. Now we can take a console screenshot of any EC2 Instances. This is now available publicly. Earlier we had to log a case with AWS Support to get the AWS Console screenshot. This is a similar feature like Boot Diagnostics for Azure Virtual Machines v2.

This new feature will be very much helpful for every AWS Administrators, especially for those who providing support to Windows instances.

In past I had few experience of EC2 Instance getting stuck during boot and we had to request for the console screenshot from AWS Support for troubleshooting. This process was time lengthy during crisis situation. I guess this feature will be welcomed by everyone.
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