Setting Up GCH ClearOS VPN User

Background

The GCH Platform is powered by HPE Proliant Server and ClearOS operating.  The platform represents the evolution in Hybrid Computing.  The ClearOS Marketplace provides a plethora of software applications that meet customers requirements for leading edge network and server technologies.  

For customers that need secure remote access to company resources, OpenVPN is the application for you.  It provides staff and trusted vendors access to network resources behind the firewall.  Below are instructions for setting up OpenVPN Users.  See your service provider for assistance with setting up the OpenVPN app on your GCH platform.


 

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OpenVPN User Setup

  1. 1. Get appropriate GCH URL and GCH login credentials from your service provider or network administrator.
  2. 2. Access the GCH Portal using login credentials




  1. 4.  Complete new user setup form then click Add button.  Make sure OpenVPN User and Security Certificates user fields both are set to “Enabled”.



  1. You’re now finished with the new user setup portion.  In the upper right hand corner click Root to sign out.  You will be signing in later with the new user credentials you created earlier. 

 

 

5. The next step will be to install the  openvpn client.  Here is the link:

https://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html


 

From here, you will click that last installer (for windows vista and later, and download that.


 

Locate the downloaded file, right -click and Runas Administrator

Once it finishes installing, you will have this program installed : Openvpn GUI.

 

The next step is to download the certificates and configuration files from your newly created vpn account, and add them to the config folder inside of the OpenVPN GUI application folder.

6.  To start, navigate back to the login screen and login in with the credentials of the newly created account.

 

7.  Click User Certificates

 

8.  Download 5 files represented by the download button.  

1) certificate 2) certificate authority 3) pkcs12 4) Private Key 5) Configuration file

 

9. Once you have all 5 files downloaded, locate them inside of your downloads folder, select and copy all 5 files.  Hint:  Once files are selected, right-click and click copy to copy files.   Note that the OpenVPN Config file will be appropriately named to match your setup.

 

 10. Naviage to the C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config folder

  

11.  Right-click and paste the copied files from before inside of the config folder.

12.  Start up the OpenVPN Client by double clicking desktop icon or selecting from Windows Start Menu

  

Operating OpenVPN

The following screenshots are directly from the OpenVPN Website 

Screenshot series demonstrating use

The screenshots below demonstrate use of the OpenVPN-GUI, step-by-step.

After Startup

After initially launching the OpenVPN-GUI program, the GUI icon will be show in the tray, as shown in the image below. Note that this icon can be hidden when marked "inactive" by the OS, so check the expanding arrows to the left of the system tray if it's started but not shown.

  

Context Menu

Right-clicking on the icon will pull up the context menu. This menu will allow you to connect any of the config files placed as explained above. Note that you must name these files with the .ovpn file extension. Windows has a bad habit of hiding "known" file extensions, so be careful not to name a config file something likeSample.ovpn.txt by mistake.

The screenshots below show the following context menu samples:

1) Context menu when no config files are present:

  

2) Context menu with a single config present:

  

3) Context menu with multiple configs present:

  

Connecting and Disconnecting

Once you have created a config file, going into the context menu and selecting the "Connect" entry will start openvpn on that config file. A status window will open up showing the log output while the connection attempt is in progress (see first screenshot below.) After successful connection, the status window will be hidden, but can be viewed from the context menu if desired.

Once connected, the context menu will allow that VPN to be disconnected; select that option to terminate the active connection.

Screenshot showing an active connection attempt:  

Screenshot showing the context menu for an actively-connected VPN:

 

When one or more VPN instances are running from the GUI, the tray icon will change color to indicate this:

 

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