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Getting Started with OpenVPN AS - Appliance

Updated by Ecosystem on Oct 23, 2015
Article Code: kb/626

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OpenVPN Access Server is a full featured secure network tunneling VPN software solution that integrates OpenVPN server capabilities, enterprise management capabilities, simplified OpenVPN Connect UI, and OpenVPN Client software packages that accommodate Windows, MAC, Linux, Android, and iOS environments. OpenVPN Access Server supports a wide range of configurations, including secure and granular remote access to internal network and/ or private cloud network resources and applications with fine-grained access control.


CenturyLink Cloud Users


  • Access to the CenturyLink Cloud platform as an authorized user.
  • account with password authentication (two factor authentication not yet supported).
  • A set of API credentials

Steps to Deploy a New Appliance

  1. Locate the Blueprint in Runner

  2. Click the run button.

  3. Set Required parameters.

    • Select datacenter, network and server group to provision the node to.
    • Optionally set the server name.
    • Fill in API Key and API Password associated with a valid API user
  4. Deploy the Blueprint.

    • Once verified, click the run button.
    • Deployment will take a few minutes while the appliance is provisioned.
    • The name of the provisioned server should be in the deployment output at
      the end of the job.
  5. Access Your Appliance.

    • Access your appliance and finalize configuration by opening an ssh
      connection to your server and logging in as the root user.
      Password credentials are available on the server details page.
    • Note that on first login you will finalize the configuration.
    • For proper authentication select root as your login user or if leveraging
      the default openvpn user you'll need to set the credentials for that user
      with the passwd openvpn command:

`To initially login to the Admin Web UI, you must use a
username and password that successfully authenticates you
with the host UNIX system (you can later modify the settings
so that RADIUS or LDAP is used for authentication instead).

You can login to the Admin Web UI as "openvpn" or specify
a different user account to use for this purpose.

Do you wish to login to the Admin UI as "openvpn"?

Press ENTER for default [yes]: no

Specify the username for an existing user or for the new user account: root
Note: This user already exists.`


The costs listed above in the above steps are for the infrastructure only. After
deploying this Blueprint, you may secure entitlements to the technology using
the following steps:

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