Linux (Ubuntu) OpenVPN Instructions

Linux (Ubuntu) OpenVPN Instructions

Installation of VPNPlant requires administrative privileges on your computer. If you don't already have administrative access
on your computer, this may be provided by your IT department.
 

How to Install

  • Open Terminal.
  • Install network-manager-openvpn by typing:
    • sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn
      • Press Enter
  • You will be prompted: "Do you want to continue? Y/n" Type Y and hit Enter.
  • Once installation is complete, restart Network Manager by typing:
    • sudo restart network-manager
      • Press Enter
  • To download the VPNPlant Certificate Authority (CA) certificate, type (all one command, ignore line breaks):
    • sudo wget -O /etc/openvpn/ca.vpn.crt http://www.vpnplant.com/OpenVPN/ca..crt
      • Press Enter
  • Click on the Network Manager icon (top right menue bar), expand VPN Connections, and choose Configure VPN...
  • A Network Connections window will appear with the VPN tab open. Click Add.
  • A Choose a VPN Connection Type window will open. Select OpenVPN in the drop-down menu and click Create...
  • In the Editing VPN connection window, enter the following:
    • Connection name: VPNPlant OpenVPN
    • Gateway: one of
      • us3.vpnplant.com
      • us4.vpnplant.com
      • ca.vpnplant.com
      • de.vpnplant.com
      • fr.vpnplant.com
      • nl.vpnplant.com
      • uk.vpnplant.com
    • Type: select Password
    • User name: Your VPNPlant username
    • Password: your VPNPlant password
    • CA Certificate: browse and select /etc/openvpn/ca.vpn.crt
  • Click Advanced... near the bottom of the window.
  • Under the General tab, check the box next to Use LZO data compression.
  • Click OK, then click Apply.

How to Connect

  • Click on the Network Manager icon in the panel bar.
  • Click on VPN Connections
  • Select VPNPlant OpenVPN.
  • The Network Manager icon will begin spinning. You may be prompted to enter a password. If so, this is your system account keychain password, not your VPNPlant password.
  • The Network Manager icon will begin spinning. You may be prompted to enter a password. If so, this is your system account keychain password, not your VPNPlant password.

How to Connect

  • Click on the Network Manager icon in the panel bar.
  • Click on VPN Connections.
  • Select Disconnect VPN..
  • Once disconnected, the lock will disappear from next to the Network Manager icon.
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