Open VPN Server Configuration on Linux

  1. Install Open VPN RPM.


  1. openssl
  2. lzo
  3. pkcs11-helper

Download openvpn-<version>.rpm , And install using this command rpm -ivh openvpn-<version>.rpm

  1. It will create folder under /etc/openvpn and /usr/share/doc/openvpn-2.1.1
    cp -r /usr/share/doc/openvpn-<version>/easy-rsa /etc/openvpn
    cp -r /usr/share/doc/openvpn-<version>/sample-config-files/server.conf /etc/openvpn
    we have to copy the “easy-rsa” folder and “server.conf” file from /user/share/doc/openvpn-<version>… to…. /etc/openvpn
  2. Then go to /etc/openvpn
    cd /etc/openvpn
  3. Then go to easy-rsa/2.0
    cd easy-rsa/2.0
  4. Edit “vars” file modify values in last 5 lines.
    export KEY_CITY=”YOURCITY”
    export KEY_ORG=”YOURORG”
    export KEY_EMAIL=”
  5. Run the “vars” file
    . ./vars (note there is two dots)
  6. To clear old keys run the “clear-all” file. If the folder does not exist it will create the folder.
    ./clear-all (here one dot is enough)
  7. Then run “bulid-ca” and “bulid-dh” files.
    (While running this command just enter for all options. But you have to answer for common_name option Give the Server’s Host Name or Any Name).
    It will generate “ca.crt”, “ca.key” and “dh1024.pem” files under “keys” folder.
  8. Then run “bulid-key-server” to generate server key.
    ./build-key-server <“Server-Name”>
    While running the above command it will prompt you to get input just give enter for every prompt.
    It will generate “Server-Name.crt” , “Server-Name.csr” and “Server-Name.key” under “keys” folder.
  9. Then go to /etc/openvpn folder
    cd /etc/openvpn
  10. Now we have to edit the “server.conf” file.
    vi server.conf
    #This is sample configuration file
    1. local
    2. port 1194
    3. proto udp
    4. dev tun
    5. ca ca.crt
    6. cert
    7. key # This file should be kept secret
    8. dh dh1024.pem
    9. server
    10. ifconfig-pool-persist ipp.txt
    11. push “route” # YOURORG LOCAL Network
    12. client-config-dir ccd
    13. route # For Individual Clients
    14. client-to-client
    15. keepalive 10 120
    16. comp-lzo
    17. user nobody
    18. group nobody
    19. persist-key
    20. persist-tun
    21. status openvpn-status.log
    22. log-append openvpn.log
    23. verb 3
    • Line 1 : local
      Which IP address “openvpn” has to look in the system.
    • Line 2 : port 1194
      Which Port number “openvpn” has to run in the system.
    • Line 3 : proto udp
      Which Protocol “openvpn” has to use.
      (tcp/udp) udp is best.
    • Line 4 : dev tun
      Which device it has to use to assign “Virtual IP”
      (tap/tun) tun is best.
    • Line 5 : ca ca.crt
    • Line 6 : cert <Server-Name>.crt
    • Line 7 : key <Server-Name>.key # This file should be kept secret
    • Line 8 : dh dh1024.pem
      For Line number 5 to 8 we have to say the path of the files. So we have to copy the “ca.crt “ , “<Server-Name>.crt” ,”<Server-Name>.key” and “dh1024.pem” in the same folder is good. Otherwise we can give the path where these files present.
    • Line 9 : server
      This line is to assign IP address for the server. Here I have planed to assign – to server and different IP ranges for clients.
    • Line 10 : ifconfig-pool-persist ipp.txt
      This line contains the IP pool list of clients. But here we are going to use static IP for each clients. So It is not necessary for us.
    • Line 11 : push “route”
      These Line : 11 for routing the local network to clients. Then only clients can access these networks. It will take effect on all VPN-CLIENTS.
    • Line 12: client-config-dir ccd
      These line is for We can customize the client configuration. So we have to create a directory named “ccd” under “/etc/openvpn” and inside the “ccd” directory we have to create client customized file.
    • Line 13 : route for Individual vpn network.
    • Line 14 : client-to-client
      This is for clients can access the each other clients.
    • Line 15 : keepalive 10 120
      To refresh the connection
    • Line 16 : comp-lzo
    • Line 17 : user nobody
    • Line 18 : group nobody
      These above two lines only useful for Linux server.
    • Line 19 : persist-key
    • Line 20 : persist-tun
    • Line 21 : status openvpn-status.log
      It is to view the current status of the connection.
    • Line 22 : log-append openvpn.log
      It is to append the status of the server in a log file.
    • Line 23 : verb 3
      It is for verbose level.
    1. Now we are going to start the VPN Server. Before that we have to verify that we have copied every thing in the current folder “/etc/openvpn”.
    • File 1. ca.crt
    • File 2. dh1024.pem
    • File 3. <Server-Name>.crt
    • File 4. <Server-Name>.csr
    • File 5. <Server-Name>.key

    Start the service using the command service openvpn start command.
    For Auto start the service when booting the machine type the command chkconfig openvpn on