Ubuntu/XFCE Network Manager disabled

  • Posted October 27, 2014

Ubuntu 12.04.5

I followed this guide to install XFCE and access the server via VNC:

The problem is there’s no internet connection available in XFCE. If I hover over the connection icon it says “Network Manager is disabled.” I logged in to the server and confirmed this is incorrect, network-manager is running. Also, in “console access” in the DigitalOcean control panel I can access the web with Firefox.

How do I get it working in XFCE?

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!


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Basically, that error means that the networking is not being managed by Network Manger, but rather the networking service. You can change that by reviewing the documentation found here.