VPN Setup for Ubuntu : OpenVPN Protocol

VPN Setup for Ubuntu : OpenVPN Protocol

Below you will find Ubuntu OpenVPN setup instructions for our VPN network.

OpenVPN Setup Instructions for Ubuntu

This guide is written using Ubuntu 20.04 as an example, but should be able to be used on many other Linux distributions that use a recent version of Gnome NetworkManager.

Before configuration you should install network-manager-openvpn package.

1. Click the Network icon on your panel > Configure VPN

2. Click Add > OpenVPN

3. Check authentication type “ Password” and fill in the "Connection Name" as any friendly name you like; i.e."SmartDNSProxy VPN". Enter server network address you want to connect to "Gateway" and your VPN account username and password. Select file with CA Certificate*. You can download CA Certificate here.

4. Click Advanced:

  • Check "Use custom gateway port" and enter the port number 1194 (default), 443, 80 or 53.

5. Set correct cypher in Security tab:

6. Select file with TLS Certificate*. You can  download TLS Certificate here.

7. Click the NetworkManager icon, and disable and then re-enable networking to force a configuration reload.

Click NetworkManager again, then VPN Connections, nl-am2.serverlocation.co to start a connection. Enter your password when prompted.

And you should now be connected! You can verify your new IP and location with https://www.whatismyip.com/

* If your certificate file is not readable (in SELINUX), you can try entering the following commands:

mv /home/norm30/Downloads/serverlocation.crt ~/.cert

restorecon -R -v ~/.cert

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