Help/advice request please.

Jon Radel jon at
Mon Nov 16 23:01:10 UTC 2015

On 11/16/15 4:45 PM, Manas wrote:
> Hello Dave,
> I run a few openvpn servers on FreeBSD. I use as my guide. Feel free to email me directly with any questions.

I was just looking at that one, not having setup OpenVPN from scratch in 
a while now.  Looks perfectly reasonable.

> But there is no guidance as to what the other field values should (or
> should
> not) be.  Such as region/state etc.
Ooooo, nobody's let you in on the secret.  :-(   Those don't matter.  
Make them whatever makes you happy, and that includes empty.

In a private CA world really the only field you have to worry about is 
the Common Name.  It's nice to set the other values to something 
sensible, particularly if you're doing a private PKI for a large firm, 
where it's handy to track contact information, etc., etc., as part of 
the certificate, but that's all to keep the humans from getting 
confused.  Now, if you're getting your certs from another party, they'll 
want you to either put in real values or leave the values blank, 
depending on what they're certifying by signing your certificate, but 
that's out of your scope.

--Jon Radel
jon at

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