Certificates and keys

To be able to use OpenVPN on IPFire for Roadwarrior but also in Net-to-Net mode, the Root and Host certificate (OpenVPN's certification authorities) should be generated as the first step. How this can be done can be found in the following area "certification authorities and keys", while less common options are described in "Extended usage of the CA and keys".

Generate Server certificates and keys How the Root and Host server certificate as well as all required Keys can be generated, can be read up here.
Extended usage of CA and keys The Upload of another certificate instance and the insight into the Certificate Revocation list can be found in here.

Client-to-Net configuration (Roadwarrior)

Roadwarrior connection are client-to-network (point-to-network) connections. Here, a single client will be connected with IPFireĀ“s OpenVPN server. For a better overview, the wiki is divided into separate areas which are in order by the webinterface.

Global settings The global server settings of the OpenVPN server are explained in here.
Static IP address pools In addition to the dynamic allocation of the OpenVPN IP addresses, you can also assign separated subnets with static IPs which is also a requirement for IPFires VPN firewalling capabilities.
Advanced server options In this area, more configuration options are offered.
Client configuration In this area you can configure, enable/disable, edit and delete the clients.
Traverse Net-to-Net VPN from Road Warrior How a Road Warrior connection can have access to a remote network over an N2N.

Additional information

OpenVPN and WLAN OpenVPN can give additional security to your WLAN connections. Describes how to secure Wireless connections.

Client Software with GUI

  • OpenVPN Tools with GUI for Windows and one for Mac OS, and also for Linux.
  • OpenVPN Tools with GUI (for Windows, Linux, MAC) can also be downloaded directly from the OpenVPN homepage openvpn.net.

Net-to-Net configuration

In this configuration, two networks via two IPFire gateways (Network-to-Network) are connected together with a so-called P2P (Peer-to-peer) mode.

The Net-to-Net connection works independently of the status (running|stopped) of the OpenVPN Server.

Append a network-to-network connection How to create a network-to-network connection.
Net-to-Net as a TLS-server: How to create a TLS-server instance.
Net-to-Net as a TLS-client: How to create a TLS-client instance.
Enable the connection How to activate the connection.