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VPN Client - Linux

The VPN client for Linux comes with the OpenVPN. It's invoked with a script.

Save this script to a file called myvpn.conf. It should be saved in your users home folder (eg /home/joe). Replacing XYZ for the nickname of the HDA you are trying to connect to:

      remote XYZ.yourhda.com 1194
      dev tun
      proto udp
      resolv-retry infinite
      ca ca.crt
      cert Amahi-Client-OpenVPN.crt
      key Amahi-Client-OpenVPN.key
      verb 3

Be sure to also have a copy of the certificate files using the same names as the ca, cert, and key lines above:

The next step is to download the certificates. They can be found on the OpenVPN Client Certificates download page. Save them in your /home/username folder (where username is your main users name).

Then, as root, run the openvpn client software:

    cd /home/username 
    openvpn --config myvpn.conf 

Many messages should scroll by on your terminal screen and you should be requested for your username and password. Enter your HDA username here.

If you'd like to connect to the VPN without having to enter your username and password, here's what you need to do: Create a file named credentials in the same directory as the above scripts. In it, write your username on the first line, and your password on the second line. Make it readable only by root:

    sudo chown root:root credentials; sudo chmod 600 credentials

Then, as root, run the openvpn client software like this, instead of using the above commands:

    cd /home/username 
    openvpn --config myvpn.conf --auth-user-pass credentials

Finally, if you'd like your VPN clients to get IP addresses in the same subnet as your HDA, and not in the subnet (default), read this page: VPN Bridging.