How to use OpenVPN on a MAC

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Summary

How to connect using OpenVPN on a Mac

Problem

SSL VPN Configuration for Apple Mac OS X

Tested with:

Tiger
OS X 10.4
iBook PowerPC G4
Tunnelblick 3.0b6.dmg

Solution

Smoothwall -SSL-OpenVPN-client.exe will not run, nor is it needed for Mac devices.

1. From the Smoothwall administrative user interface, go to Network > VPN > Global.
2. Generate a client archive.
3. Copy this archive to your Apple Mac and extract the following files:
connection.ovpn
servercert.pem
cacert.pem
4. From the device, download tunnelblick from https://tunnelblick.net/, taking care to note any bug fixes in later versions.
5. Copy the dmg file to your desktop.
6. Mount the dmg and copy the tunnelblick program to the Applications folder.

You will have to authenticate using your username and password as for any other installation.

7. This process creates a folder within /users/<username>/Library called openvpn. Copy the files that were extracted from the client archive earlier:
connection.ovpn
servercert.pem
cacert.pem
8. Rename the file openvpn.conf to openvpn.conf.old.
9. Rename the file connection.ovpn to name_of_your_tunnel.conf.

The tunnel name can be anything you want, but cannot have spaces within it, and must end with a .conf file extension.

10. To connect the tunnel, double-click TunnelBlick within your Applications folder.

This loads the icon in the top right of your screen.

11. Click on this icon and from the drop-down list, select Details.
12. Within the dialog box, click Connect.
13. The OpenVPN tunnel will initiate and request your username and password. Enter these and wait for the tunnel to connect.

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27th March 2017

 

Tanja

 

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