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    Need help configuring OpenVPN

    Okay so I signed up for OpenVPN, which works fine on Windows. But my reason for using it is that this guy is trying to hack me, so I'd rather use it on Ubuntu, which is more secure than Windows. But it's a lot more difficult to set up on Ubuntu. On Windows, all I had to do was install their MSI file and then click connect. I installed the openvpn deb package on Ubuntu, but when I try to run it, it wants all these configuration options that I don't know what to put for.

    Is there any simple way of getting OpenVPN to work on Ubuntu?

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    Re: Need help configuring OpenVPN

    Okay, I followed the instructions here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1881124

    But they aren't working. When I try to connect, it just says the connection to PrivateTunnel failed, and I've tried doing it both solo and while logging into PrivateTunnel via their website. One thing I noticed is that the instructions say that on the Advanced tab, Use custom gateway port should be checked and set to 1194, but when I click OK and then click Advanced again, it's unchecked by itself. It seems like that's not a valid option. The same thing happens with Use custom renogotiation level, and it sets that back to 10,000 because it seems like that's the maximum allowed, not the 604800 that the instructions say.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Need help configuring OpenVPN

    To get this to work for me I had to copy out the "remote" field from the .ovpn file downloaded from PrivateTunnel and use it instead of the one supplied in the tutorial. Works like a charm now.

    I too see the box is unchecked, however when I look in the actual configuration file (located in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/[name-of-connection]) the field was indeed set so I assume that's some kind of bug.

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    Re: Need help configuring OpenVPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Riothamus View Post
    Okay so I signed up for OpenVPN, which works fine on Windows. But my reason for using it is that this guy is trying to hack me, so I'd rather use it on Ubuntu, which is more secure than Windows. But it's a lot more difficult to set up on Ubuntu. On Windows, all I had to do was install their MSI file and then click connect. I installed the openvpn deb package on Ubuntu, but when I try to run it, it wants all these configuration options that I don't know what to put for.

    Is there any simple way of getting OpenVPN to work on Ubuntu?
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn
    Then configure the OpenVPN under the Network Manager.

    Samiux

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    Re: Need help configuring OpenVPN

    This is the procedure I followed to get it working. There's a bug in network manager where it doesn't do ovpn import properly - since 2010 (!)

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...pn/+bug/606365

    Until that's fixed, I found this site

    http://howto.praqma.net/ubuntu/vpn/o...ient-on-ubuntu

    PROCEDURE

    Create a new folder in your home dir - I called mine vpn.config
    Copy your downloaded client.ovpn file into the new folder

    Open client.opvn in an editor

    Open a new file
    Cut the lines between <ca> tags in client.ovpn
    Paste into new file, save this file as ca.crt
    Remove both <ca> tags from client.ovpn

    Open a new file
    Cut the lines between <cert> tags in client.ovpn
    Paste into new file, save this file as client.crt
    Remove both <cert> tags from client.ovpn

    Open a new file
    Cut the lines between <key> tags in client.ovpn
    Paste into new file, save this file as client.key
    Remove both <key> tags from client.ovpn

    Open a new file - this is the last one
    Cut the lines between <tls-auth> tags in client.ovpn
    Paste into new file, save this file as ta.key
    Remove both <tls-auth> tags from client.ovpn

    And remove this line:
    key-direction 1


    Now position the cursor in client.ovpn, right above the line # -----BEGIN RSA SIGNATURE-----

    Insert the following lines

    ca ca.crt
    cert client.crt
    key client.key
    tls-auth ta.key 1

    Save and close all the files.

    Goto Network Manager -> Edit Connections ->VPN
    click Import, browse to the modified client.ovpn in the folder you recently created - and where your certificates are, and import that file
    Enter vpn username and password if prompted
    On the VPN page, select Advanced
    On the General Tab, uncheck the first option, "Use custom gateway"

    Save

    Use...

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