Installing and Configuring OpenVPN (Ubuntu)

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To use a VPN, you have to install the OpenVPN software on the local PC and then configure it. In the Access section, you can download a zip file with the necessary configuration files. To install OpenVPN:

Prerequisites:

You have administrator rights.

You have already created a VPN in the Cloud Panel.

You have logged in to your local PC.

  • To download OpenVPN, enter the following command:
apt-get install openvpn
  • The following message will be displayed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
libpkcs11-helper1 openvpn
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 39 not upgraded.
Need to get 432 kB of archives.
After this operation, 1,165 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
  • Enter Y.

OpenVPN is installed.

Configure OpenVPN

Prerequisites:

You have logged in to your Control Panel.

You are in the Cloud Panel.

  • Click Network > VPN .
  • Activate the desired VPN.
  • To download the configuration file, click Download in the Access section.
vpn_download_of_configuration_file
  • Save the zip file.

    Note:
    This zip file contains the configuration files.
     
  • Extract the zip file to the desired folder.
  • Copy the OpenVPN configuration file (e.g. vpn1234B_1.ovpn) to the installation directory.
     

    Note:
    OpenVPN is installed by default in the /etc/openvpn directory.
     

  • In the /etc/openvpn directory, create a new folder with the keys.

    Note:
    To create a folder in the terminal, enter the following command: mkdir /etc/openvpn/keys
     
  • Copy the following files to the /etc/openvpn/keys folder:
      • server security certificate, e.g. ca.crt
    • client security certificate, e.g. vpn1234B_1.crt
      • KEY-file, e.g. vpn1234B_1.key
  • To open the OpenVPN configuration file with an editor, enter the following command:
 nano /etc/openvpn/.ovpn
  • Enter the correct file path in the following lines:
ca /etc/openvpn/keys/ca.crt
cert /etc/openvpn/keys/<vpnID>.crt
key /etc/openvpn/keys/<vpnID>.key

To start OpenVPN, enter the following command:

openvpn /etc/openvpn/<vpnID>.ovpn