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When I connect to my company's VPN, my IM gets disconnected. Same is true if I'm streaming video. Have I configured it wrong? I am using OpenVPN on Ubuntu 12.10. Thanks!

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This is probably down to the server configuration of your company. Do you have control of that? It sounds like it is pushing down a default route to ensure all traffic (including your IM and video streaming traffic) traverses the company network. If you don't want this behaviour then you probably want "split-tunneling". I'm not an OpenVPN user but a quick search threw up this thread which might help:

OpenVPN split tunneling

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Other people on Macs at my company don't have the same problem. I'm guessing it's a config on my VPN client but I'm not sure which one. –  Matt Dec 5 '12 at 18:53
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