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How to download and install the Partner OpenVPN client on Linux OS

To connect to the Zynstra management Cloud by VPN from a Linux client computer, you need to follow these steps

  1. Install an OpenVPN client for Linux
  2. Download your Zynstra VPN client config file (called "client.ovpn")
  3. Run the OpenVPN client with the downloaded client config file

Installing an OpenVPN client:

Usually, the easiest way to install an OpenVPN client is to use the package management system for your particular Linux distribution.  Run one of the following commands (as root):

Fedora/CentOS/RedHat:

yum install openvpn


*NOTE: OpenVPN Access Server is not compatible with any version below the 2.1 OpenVPN Community/Linux client!

Ubuntu/Debian:

apt-get install openvpn


Once the openvpn package is fetched from the Internet and installed, run the client with the --version argument to make sure that it is version 2.1:

openvpn --version
OpenVPN 2.1_rc15e x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu [...]
[...]

 

Now you need to download the VPN client configuration file

  1. Go here: https://access.zcp.zynstra.com/?src=connect
  2. We use a self signed certificate for this page, so your browser will give you a warning message. Accept this certificate warning message in your browser to continue.
  3. Enter your Zynstra partner account details, and select the option from the pull down menu to Login
  4. Download the Connection profile by clicking on the link: Yourself (user-locked profile)

 

Running the OpenVPN client with the downloaded client config file:

Usually, the easiest way to install an OpenVPN client is to use the --config argument to specify the location of the downloaded client config file:


openvpn --config client.ovpn

 

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