How to install OpenVPN Access Server On a Debian Dedicated Server

How to install OpenVPN Access Server On a Debian Dedicated Server

OpenVPN access server (OVAS) is designed for large dedicated servers with multiple users. OVAS provides an administration admin area allowing you to configure your VPN server and it also provides your clients with a graphical user interface allowing them to easily get setup on your VPN. This guide provides the steps needed to install the software to your dedicated server. You must have root access and we advise a server with a 10GBPS connection if you plan to have multiple users.

First, update your server to the latest OS version

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Install OpenVPN Access Server

If your OS is running an x64 bit version, then use the below command

wget http://swupdate.openvpn.org/as/openvpn-as-2.0.10-Debian7.amd_64.debdpkg -i openvpn-as-2.0.10-Debian7.amd_64.deb

If your using an x32bit version, then use this command

wget http://swupdate.openvpn.org/as/openvpn-as-2.0.10-Debian7.i386.debdpkg -i openvpn-as-2.0.10-Debian7.i386.deb

OVAS uses Linux accounts to grant users assess the admin username is OpenVPN so first lets set a password for that user

passwd openvpn

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Admin Interface

You can access the admin interface by navigating to your servers IP followed by :943 admin

https://192.168.2.1:943/admin

Adding New Users

You add new users by simply adding new Linux accounts

adduser first2host

Then set a password for that user as you did the admin user above

passwd first2host

Remember to swap First2Host for the username you wish your user to have

Each user you then create can access the user interface by navigating to your servers IP followed by :943

https://192.168.2.1:943

When a user logs in for the first time they will be asked to download the correct software for their system. This is automated and once downloaded and installed the user can then click the icon in the taskbar on the bottom right and then “connect” and they will be connected to your VPN server. OVAS comes with a free license for two concurrent users. You can get a paid license from OpenVPN for more users

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