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Windows Vista OpenVPN Community Setup Instructions

How to setup OpenVPN Community on Windows

  1. Download and Install OpenVPN GUI
    1. Download the latest stable community version of OpenVPN client (Windows Installer) at http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html.
    2. Open the folder where installer is downloaded and double-click the openvpn-install-<version>.exe file to begin installation.
    3. You may encounter a Security Warning screen: "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" If you see the Security Warning screen, click Yes to run the software.
    4. The Setup Wizard prompt will appear. Click Next to continue.
    5. The OpenVPN license agreement and terms appear. Click I Agree to continue.
    6. The component selection dialog appears. Leave all components checked with their default settings and click Next.
    7. Select your destination folder and click Install. Note the Destination Folder location during install (usually C:\Program Files\OpenVPN)
    8. When the installation is complete, click Next.
    9. The wizard will notify you of the completion of the installation and prompt you to click Finish.

  2. Download and copy the .ovpn profiles to the OpenVPN config folder
    1. Visit our Network page at https://ironsocket.com/network#ovpn.
    2. Select the OpenVPN server location you wish to connect to and click Get Profile
    3. Select the encryption level you would like to use and click Download to download your .ovpn.
    4. Open the folder (usually the Downloads folder) where you have downloaded the profiles and then copy them to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config folder.

      Notes:
      • If you get a pop-up message that says "You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder", click Continue.
      • Another option to enable profiles is to import profile one by one using the OpenVPN app. Click the OpenVPN icon on the system tray and click Import file.

Connect to OpenVPN

  1. To connect, find the OpenVPN GUI icon on your desktop and double-click it to launch OpenVPN. Note: If you get a pop-up window asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer, click YES.

  2. In the system tray, right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon.

  3. Note: When you cannot find the icon on the system tray after starting OpenVPN GUI, check for hidden icons. Click the link below for how to view hidden systray icons: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000734.htm.

  4. Find the site to connect to from the menu, and choose Connect from the site's submenu.

  5. Enter your VPN username and password when prompted and click OK. If you wish to save your VPN password, check the box next to Save password.

  6. The OpenVPN GUI icon in the tray will turn green once the secure connection is established.


Disconnect from OpenVPN

  1. Click the OpenVPN icon on the system tray to open the menu.
  2. Select the active connection (the one with a check mark) and then click Disconnect?