OpenVPN Setup

Bill Tillman btillman99 at
Tue May 10 22:31:28 UTC 2011

One more thing. I am going to need the Windows Client but I don't seem to find 
that at the OpenVPN site, only the full install which I assume installs the 
server as well as the client. Or am I missing the link to get just the client 
install. I would like to keep the overhead to a minimum.

From: Chuck Swiger <cswiger at>
To: Bill Tillman <btillman99 at>
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Sent: Tue, May 10, 2011 6:02:13 PM
Subject: Re: OpenVPN Setup

On May 10, 2011, at 2:50 PM, Bill Tillman wrote:
>> OpenVPN's site provides fine documentation:
[ ... ]
> I'm working through the docs you referenced in the HOWTO and it says:
> Next, initialize the PKI. On Linux/BSD/Unix:
> . ./vars
> ./clean-all
> ./build-ca

If you're trying to setup a CA for PKI, then you're not following the static key 

"Static Key Mini-HOWTO


Static key configurations offer the simplest setup, and are ideal for 
point-to-point VPNs or proof-of-concept testing.

Static Key advantages

    • Simple Setup
    • No X509 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) to maintain"

> 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")

Yes.  The directions assume you are running /bin/sh (or Bourne-compatible shells 
bash, ksh, zsh, etc).

Do that, and ". ./vars" will work.  Running "/bin/sh ./vars" also works, but is 
useless because it changes the variables in a subshell which exits once it 
finishes processing the ./vars file.

> 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?

Yes, follow the directions.  OpenVPN works fine on FreeBSD.


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