How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 tools

How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 tools

Postby lloyd » May 28th, '20, 13:50

I guess the title says it. One of the configuration screens says I need certificates (?), keys (?) and PKCS. I have absolutely NO idea what goes in any of these fields. Could anyone help out? Thank you!
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby doktor5000 » May 28th, '20, 17:17

Did you get an .ovpn configuration file from your VPN provider ?

I'd recommend reading the existing thread for OpenVPN configuration:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=12033
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=13237
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=12635
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby lloyd » May 28th, '20, 19:24

I think they have separate .ovpn files for every server they have (or at least a lot of them? Other than that, I don't really know. They told me they didn't have the information that Mageia is asking for (I sent them screenshots) I'm totally new at this. I use NordVPN. They actually have an RPM I can install. I tried it and it links to another RPM during installation. Dnfdragora finds the second RPM but won't install it because it says it needs libxslt (which I have installed.)
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby doktor5000 » May 29th, '20, 15:22

Did you read the other threads I linked to? The last one is specifically about NordVPN. Also, as mentioned in the threads, if you switch to networkmanager, you can directly import .ovpn files.

For the RPM, you'd need to install it via urpmi --allow-nodeps
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby lloyd » May 29th, '20, 15:29

I did read them. Understanding them is another matter..:-) However, I did find the file file I was looking for in one of their repos. I installed it via RPM (I totally forgot about urpmi) using rpm -Uvh --nodeps Nordvpn-3.7.2-1.rpm. It seems to work. I start it from the command line. Another question....once NordVPN is started, does everything started AFTER that (like Firefox, for example) go through the VPN?
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby doktor5000 » May 29th, '20, 15:53

lloyd wrote:Another question....once NordVPN is started, does everything started AFTER that (like Firefox, for example) go through the VPN?

That depends on your routing. Please post the output of
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/sbin/ip addr
/sbin/ip route
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby lloyd » May 29th, '20, 16:22

I think it must work like that. After starting the VPN, I see dev tun0 (which was not there before) and there are a whole lot of IP addresses that weren't there before. One more thing....it only seems to work if the firewall is disabled. I am just using the "setup your personal firewall" thing. What settings do I need to enable to make it work properly with the firewall enabled (I also have a firewall enabled in my router)
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Re: How to install OpenVPN for VPN connecti using Mageia 7 t

Postby doktor5000 » May 29th, '20, 17:02

That is also mentioned in the thread about NordVPN: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=12635
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