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How to: Setup OpenVPN Server for Private Browsing With SkySilk VPS

OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange.

How to Setup an OpenVPN server with SkySilk VPS in 10 Steps

If you want to restart the install process on your VM you can use the following command; 'turnkey-init'.

  1. Deploy a SkySilk OpenVPN VM Template.

  2. Login to your VM. SSH into your VM using root@ipaddress and the password you set in the SkySilk dashboard.
    If you are connecting from a Unix-like machine (Mac OS or Linux), or by using PuTTY with Windows then the command to connect is simply

    ssh [user]@[ip address]

    where [user] is your username, typically root, and [ip address] is the IP address of the virtual machine.

    # for example:

    ssh [email protected]</code>

    (Read: How To Access VMs via SSH)
  3. Choose the 'Server' option to setup OpenVPN as a VPN Server: 

  4. Enter and confirm email address for OpenVPN Server key:

  5. Enter an IP address that will be reachable by Clients:

  6. Enter Subnet Address pool to allocate to clients:

  7. Specify the desired subnet for clients to reach OpenVPN Server:

  8. Press Enter or Skip on the initialize Hub Services screen: 

  9. Enter your email if you would like system notifications. Otherwise, press Enter.

  10. Press Enter to Install Security Updates screen: 
    - Take note of your OpenVPN Appliance Services:

    For additional resources on specifics of using OpenVPN, please consult with OpenVPN Support and Community reference material:

    OpenVPN Support
    OpenVPN Community
    OpenVPN Documentation
    OpenVPN How-To's


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