Fw: OpenVPN Setup

Bill Tillman btillman99 at yahoo.com
Tue May 10 21:52:30 UTC 2011


From: Chuck Swiger <cswiger at mac.com>
To: Bill Tillman <btillman99 at yahoo.com>
Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Sent: Tue, May 10, 2011 4:14:34 PM
Subject: Re: OpenVPN Setup

On May 10, 2011, at 12:55 PM, Bill Tillman wrote:
> I have a FreeBSD-8.2-STABLE server running OpenVPN. What I'm trying to do is to 
> be able to access my LAN with my M$ Windows laptop using a M$ compatible 
> I read the manpage and it basically sets forth examples in which there will be 

> two (2) OpenVPN servers. In my case I will only have one OpenVPN server and my 

> laptop out there on the road. And of course I won't know the IP address of my 
> laptop until I connect out there somewhere. Can anyone recommend how to do this 
> or where I can read more about how to use OpenVPN with only one server?

OpenVPN's site provides fine documentation:



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I'm working through the docs you referenced in the HOWTO and it says:
Next, initialize the PKI. On Linux/BSD/Unix:
. ./vars
the vars file is not executable and from what I see in the Makefile they want to 
chmod it to 644....I tried /bin/sh ./vars and it seemed to work but then when I 
run ./clean-all which is executable I get
Please source the vars script first (i.e. ". ./vars")
Make sure you have edited it to reflect your configuration.
I'm stumped as this appears to be something Linux will handle but not 
FreeBSD....any suggestions?

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