Installing and Configuring VPN

Last modified by Administrator on Thu, 02/27/2020, 10:39 AM

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private network used to connect users to the COARE's internal network. This will enable users to access their virtual machines and other services that are available internally.

For Windows

  1. Download and install OpenVPN. Select the appropriate OS Version.
  2. Extract the coare-vpn-config-file (which contains .crt, .ovpn, .key) provided by the COARE Team.
  3. Open and navigate OpenVPN GUI application that is located at the hidden taskbar.

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  4. Right-click the OpenVPN icon, select Import File and choose *.ovpn file, then click Open.

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  5. Right-click again and browse your VPN folder on Settings > Advanced, then OK.

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  6. Right-click again then select Connect to connect to the VPN.

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  7. The Username and Password prompt will appear. Enter your the COARE Credentials.

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    NOTE: Successful connection has an output of “Initialization Sequence Completed”.

For Linux

  1. Open terminal and issue the following commands (update and install):
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install openvpn -y

     

  2. Extract the coare-vpn-config-file (which contains .crt, .ovpn, .key) provided by the COARE Team. (link to “Linux commands - extract” wiki)
    tar -xvf coare-vpn-config-file.tar.gz
  3. Navigate  to the extracted file.
    cd /path/to/vpn/folder
  4. Run OpenVPN.
    sudo openvpn coare-vpn-file.ovpn
  5. A Username and Password prompt will appear. Enter your COARE credentials.

    NOTE: Successful connection has an output of “Initialization Sequence Completed”.

For Mac

  1. Download Tunnelblick - a VPN client for macOS.
  2. Click Open to proceed installing the application.

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  3. Once installed, select I have configuration files. Then click OK.

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  4. Extract the coare-vpn-config-file (which contains .crt, .ovpn, .key) provided by the COARE Team.
  5. Drag the coare-vpn-file.ovpn to the Tunnelblick icon above.
  6. Click on the Tunnelblick icon and then select Connect coare-vpn-file to connect.

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  7. Enter your COARE Credentials to login.

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    NOTE: A box will prompt on the right side of the screen showing the connection status.

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