OpenVPN

Overview

The OpenVPN server is a secure and cost effective way to provide road warrior VPN connectivity. The OpenVPN client is available at no cost. Unlike the PPTP VPN server, OpenVPN is more robust in getting through other firewalls and gateway.

Installation

If you did not select this module to be included during the installation process, you must first install the module.

Menu

You can find this feature in the menu system at the following location:

Network VPN OpenVPN

Configuration

Configuring the Server

Organization Information

Before you can configure OpenVPN, you may be directed to the Organization configuration page in webconfig. The information is required to create the necessary security certificates used in OpenVPN.

Domain

The default domain used by the OpenVPN client, for example example.com.

WINS Server

The Microsoft Networking WINS server used by the OpenVPN client. Depending on your network configuration, you may need to specify the WINS settings in VPN client configuration. If you are using ClearOS as your WINS server, please specify the LAN IP address of the ClearOS system.

DNS Server

The DNS server used by the OpenVPN client. If you are using ClearOS as your DNS server, please specify the LAN IP address of the ClearOS system.

Manage User Accounts

Users must be configured with OpenVPN access. To manage users, go to the Users page in webconfig. When a user is created, a certificate key/pair that is required for the OpenVPN system is automatically created.

Configuring the Client

To configure the Windows OpenVPN client:

  • Download and install the client software – download page
  • Login to webconfig as the OpenVPN user (not the root/administrator account!)
  • Go to the Directory My Account Security and Keys in the menu system. You will need to download the certificate, certificate authority, key and the OpenVPN configuration file into the configuration directory on your Windows system.

 
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