How to Install OpenVPN on CentOS 8


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Installing OpenVPN on CentOS 8

OpenVPN is an open-source virtual private network (VPN) application that allows you to create secure connections between remote computers. It uses SSL/TLS encryption protocols to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of data transmitted over the network.

To install OpenVPN on CentOS 8, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Update System Packages

First, update the system packages to their latest versions by running the following command:

sudo dnf update -y

Step 2: Install OpenVPN

Next, install the OpenVPN package using the following command:

sudo dnf install openvpn -y

Step 3: Configure OpenVPN

Once the installation is complete, you need to configure OpenVPN. Start by copying the sample configuration files to the /etc/openvpn directory:

sudo cp -r /usr/share/doc/openvpn/sample/sample-config-files/* /etc/openvpn/

Then, open the server configuration file using a text editor. In this example, we'll use the 'server.conf' file:

sudo nano /etc/openvpn/server.conf

Modify the configuration file according to your needs. For example, you can specify the IP and port to listen on, the VPN subnet, DNS settings, etc.

Step 4: Start OpenVPN

After configuring OpenVPN, start the OpenVPN service:

sudo systemctl start openvpn@server

You can also enable the service to start automatically on system boot:

sudo systemctl enable openvpn@server

Step 5: Verify OpenVPN

To verify that OpenVPN is running successfully, you can check the status of the OpenVPN service:

sudo systemctl status openvpn@server

If everything is set up correctly, you should see the 'active (running)' status.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed and configured OpenVPN on CentOS 8.

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