- Download and install the latest version of OpenVPN GUI on windows.
The list of packages to download is at the bottom of the page:
For more information see Openvpn Community Downloads
- In your Downloads folder, double click to start the installer.
- When the installer asks you what components to choose, you just need those necessary for being a client. You do no need to install the EasyRSA script package.
Add your Config Files
- OpenVPN keeps configuration files in C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config. Open this folder with Windows Explorer.
- You should be provided with these files:
You will place these files in C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config. you will probably be asked to give your password because the folder is owned by Administrator.
- ca.crt ← This is the VPN server certificate
- your-laptop.key ← This is your private key
- your-laptop.crt ← This is your certificate
- candelatech-udp.conf ← The config file for establishing a UDP connection. This is the faster type of connection.
- candelatech-tcp.conf ← The config file for establishing a TCP connection. TCP OpenVPN connections do not perform as well, and are useful if you are in an environment that only allows outbound TCP port 443.
- Double click the OpenVPN GUI icon. If you see a warning message about no configuration files found, we're about to fix that in the next step. Click OK.
- When the OpenVPN software starts, it places an icon in the system tray.
Click on Taskbar up arrow ⋀ to see hidden taskbar items
- Right click the Screen with Padlock icon to see the menu. Select Settings.
- You will see the Settings→General tab. Here you can set OpenVPN to start automatically if you desire.
- Click on the Advanced tab. You will alter these settings:
- Change the Configuration Files→Folder value to where you saved your config files.
- Change the Configuration Files→Extension value to conf.
- Change the Log Files→Folder value to where you want to find your connection logs.
- Click OK
Editing your Config File
- The candela-udp.conf configuration file is going to be formatted for a Linux machine. You will need to change the location of the certificates to absolute Windows paths.
Backslashes \ need to be escaped: \\
Any paths with spaces need to be "double-quoted";.
- Here is an example file you can highlight and copy:
remote firewall.candelatech.com 1194
#remote firewall.candelatech.com 443
cert "C:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\config\\laptop-dell.2019-08-13.jreynolds.candelatech.com.crt"
key "C:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\config\\laptop-dell.2019-08-13.jreynolds.candelatech.com.key"
Starting and Stoping the VPN Connection
- After saving your config files, return to the taskbar to start an openvpn connection:
- Click on Taskbar up arrow ⋀
- Right click on the Computer with Padlock
- Select your connection name
- Select Connect