Recommended OpenVPN Setup

Dave Smith dave at
Thu Jan 21 07:21:04 MST 2010

Michael Torrie wrote:
> Dave Smith wrote:
>> I am the de facto sysadmin at my company of 6 people. We have several 
>> Windows users who want to be able to access our office network from home 
>> (Samba server, Subversion repository, some web apps, etc). I tried the 
>> Linksys RV042 with their pile-of-steaming-junk QuickVPN client, and it 
>> failed miserably. It killed our bandwidth and QuickVPN doesn't work on 
>> Windows 7 64-bit.
>> So I want to install OpenVPN on one of our Suse boxes, forward the 
>> necessary traffic to it through our Comcast cable modem, and be happy.
>> Has anyone set this up with Windows clients? Care to share what you did? 
>> Did you use the OpenVPN windows GUI, or Windows' built-in client? What 
>> tutorial did you follow to setup the server?
> I'll be happy to share my server configs with you if you want.  I have
> two configs running on different ports; one is TLS-based, and primarily
> used to tie my family's wireless routers together, and the other is
> password-based, used for laptops.
> On Windows I just install the OpenVPN win32 gui which wraps openvpn and
> makes sure that the windows tuntap driver is installed.  I then drop a
> config file (I can share that with you as well) and my certificate
> authority public certificate in the OpenVPN program folder.  Then it's
> just a right-click on a tray icon and select connect/disconnect.  Works
> quite nicely.  Depending on how you set up the conf file on the client
> (and how your server is set up) it will route all traffic through the
> vpn, or just the nets behind your vpn.
> I'm not in a position to access my config files right this minute but I
> can post them in a day or two.

Oh yes! That sounds perfect. I am more interested in the password-based 
laptop setup.


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