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Short instructions:

  1. The install file for the OpenVPN client can be downloaded here
  2. Save the default configuration file by right clicking on the link.: kit.ovpn                                                         
                                                         Configuration for VPN2VLAN: kit-vpn2vlan.ovpn
  3. Move the configuration file kit.ovpn to folder C:\Programme\OpenVPN\config or import it later with the "Import function" of the GUI.
  4. Start the OpenVPN client from the start menu ("OpenVPN GUI")
  5. The OpenVPN icon appears in the bottom right corner, rightclick on it, if necessary import the configuration file, and then click on "Connect"

 

Detailed instructions:

The installation and use of OpenVPN is very similar on different Windows versions (the main differecence is the system interface). Please refer to the Windows 10 figures for all Windows versions.

When encountering problems please read our FAQ for OpenVPN.

 

 

Windows 10

Download the install file from the official website (here) [figure 1]. Download the ".exe" file [figure 1], open it and confirm all security dialogs.

The OpenVPN setup will start. Accept the license agreement, confirm the selection of OpenVPN components and then click on "Install". Check "Start OpenVPN GUI", uncheck "Show Readme" and click on "Finish".

 

Figure 1: Download location
Figure 1: Download location

 

Before you can establish a VPN connection, you have to download the configuration file. Rightclick here and choose "Save target as...". Save the configuration file to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config. If you are unable to do so because you lack administrator rights, save it to any nonprotected folder (e.g. Downloads) and then move it to the "config" folder. Start the OpenVPN GUI.

Figure 3: OpenVPN in the start menu
Figure 3: OpenVPN in the start menu
Figure 4: OpenVPN tray icon
Figure 4: OpenVPN tray icon

 

Rightclick on the OpenVPN icon [figure 4] and choose "Connect". Enter user name and password of your KIT account (e.g. ab1234 or uxxxx) [figure 5]. After successfully connecting, the OpenVPN icon will turn green. If you want to terminate the VPN connection, rightclick on the OpenVPN icon and then on "Disconnect" [figure 6]. To close OpenVPN click on "Exit" [figure 6].

 

Figure 5: Log in
Figure 5: Log in
Figure 6: Established VPN connection
Figure 6: Established VPN connection

 

Windows 8

The installation and use of OpenVPN in Windows 8 is very similar to that in Windows 10. Please refer to the Windows 10 figures.

Download the install file from the official website (here) [figure 1]. Depending on your system you need the 32 bit or 64 bit installer for Windows Vista and later. If you don't know what kind of system you are using, press "Windows key + I" and then in "Settings" on "PC info". Your system type will be listed under "System".  Download the corresponding ".exe" file [figure 1], open it and confirm all security dialogs. If a warning "Windows protected your PC" appears, click on "More Info" and then on "Run anyway".

The OpenVPN setup will start. Accept the license agreement, confirm the selection of OpenVPN components and then click on "Install". Check "Start OpenVPN GUI", uncheck "Show Readme" and click on "Finish".

Before you can establish a VPN connection, you have to download the configuration file. Rightclick here and choose "Save target as...". Save the configuration file to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config. If you are unable to do so because you lack administrator rights, save it to any nonprotected folder (e.g. Downloads) and then move it to the "config" folder. Open the start menu and then the apps by clicking on the downwards arrow. You will find a OpenVPN section [figure 7]. Start the OpenVPN GUI.

 

Figure 7: OpenVPN in the start menu
Figure 7: OpenVPN in the start menu

 

Rightclick on the OpenVPN icon [figure 4] and choose "Connect". Enter user name and password of your KIT account (e.g. ab1234 or uxxxx) [figure 5]. After successfully connecting, the OpenVPN icon will turn green. If you want to terminate the VPN connection, rightclick on the OpenVPN icon and then on "Disconnect" [figure 6]. To close OpenVPN click on "Exit" [figure 6].

Windows 7

The installation and use of OpenVPN in Windows 7 is very similar to that in Windows 10. Please refer to the Windows 10 figures.

Download the install file from the official website (here) [figure 1]. Depending on your system you need the 32 bit or 64 bit installer for Windows Vista and later. If you don't know what kind of system you are using, open the start menu, click on "System Settings" on the right and then on "System". The "System Type" can be found there. Download the corresponding ".exe" file [figure 1], open it and confirm all security dialogs.

The OpenVPN setup will start. Accept the license agreement, confirm the selection of OpenVPN components and then click on "Install". Check "Start OpenVPN GUI", uncheck "Show Readme" and click on "Finish".

Before you can establish a VPN connection, you have to download the configuration file. Rightclick here and choose "Save target as...". Save the configuration file to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config. If you are unable to do so because you lack administrator rights, save it to any nonprotected folder (e.g. Downloads) and then move it to the "config" folder. Start the OpenVPN GUI.

Rightclick on the OpenVPN icon [figure 4] and choose "Connect". Enter user name and password of your KIT account (e.g. ab1234 or uxxxx) [figure 5]. After successfully connecting, the OpenVPN icon will turn green. If you want to terminate the VPN connection, rightclick on the OpenVPN icon and then on "Disconnect" [figure 6]. To close OpenVPN click on "Exit" [figure 6].

Figure 8: OpenVPN in the start menu
Figure 8: OpenVPN in the start menu