How to Install and Configure OpenVPN Server with Linux and Windows Clients in RHEL/CentOS 7

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Gabriel Cánepa

Gabriel Cánepa is a GNU/Linux sysadmin and web developer from Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. He works for a worldwide leading consumer product company and takes great pleasure in using FOSS tools to increase productivity in all areas of his daily work.

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19 Responses

  1. ashawini says:

    Failed to start OpenVPN Robust And Highly Flexible Tunneling Application On server. not able to start openvpn services

  2. kapali says:

    After executing below command, getting following error..

    # systemctl start [email protected]
    

    Job for [email protected] failed because the control process exited with error code. See “systemctl status [email protected]” and “journalctl -xe” for details.

    Failed to start OpenVPN Robust And Highly Flexible Tunneling Application On server.

    • Alex Atkin UK says:

      Fedora have simplified how this works now but NOWHERE seems to have bothered to document it.

      You put server.conf files into /etc/openvpn/server/ and clients into /etc/openvpn/client/. This way you can easily enable/disable them without changing the service file.

      Simply issue systemctl enable [email protected] where the bit after the @ is the name of your conf file without the conf at the end.

  3. Chen says:

    Great walkthrough thanks a lot!

    One question:
    Where do client.ca and client.key come from? do I have to generate them on my client (windows)?

    Thanks

    • Chen says:

      Got it.

      On the second page instead of downloading the server.crt and server.key to my client I should have downloaded the client.crt/key I generated earlier. Makes sense.

  4. bhujji says:

    [[email protected] keys]# systemctl -l status [email protected]
    Unit [email protected] could not be found.
    [[email protected] keys]# systemctl -l status [email protected]
    Unit [email protected] could not be found.
    [[email protected] keys]# systemctl -l status [email protected]
    Unit [email protected] could not be found.

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