How to install OpenVPN Access Server – Debian

OpenVPN access server (OVAS) is designed for large dedicated servers with multiple users. OVAS provides an administration admin area allowing you to configure your OpenVPN server and it also provides your clients with a graphical user interface allowing them to easily get set up on your VPN. This guide provides the steps needed to install OpenVPN Access Server to your dedicated server. You must have root access and we advise a server with a 10GBPS connection if you plan to have multiple users.

You can also use our OpenVPN Install Script on a KVM NVMe VPS Server.

First, update your server to the latest OS version

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Install OpenVPN Access Server

If your OS is running an x64 bit version, then use the below command

wget -i openvpn-as-2.0.10-Debian7.amd_64.deb

If your using an x32bit version, then use this command

wget -i openvpn-as-2.0.10-Debian7.i386.deb

OVAS uses Linux accounts to grant users access the admin username is OpenVPN so first let’s set a password for that user

passwd openvpn

Admin Interface

You can access the admin interface by navigating to your server IP followed by :943/admin

Adding New Users

You add new users by simply adding new Linux accounts

adduser first2host

Then set a password for that user as you did the admin user above

passwd first2host

Remember to swap First2Host for the username you wish your user to have

Each user you then create can access the user interface by navigating to your servers IP followed by :943

When a user logs in for the first time they will be asked to download the correct software for their system. This is automated and once downloaded and installed the user can then click the icon in the taskbar on the bottom right and then “connect” and they will be connected to your VPN server. OVAS comes with a free license for two concurrent users. You can get a paid license from OpenVPN for more users

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