Skip to content

VPN client installing instructions (UO)


Keywords: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Using VPN client for remote connections of the university services requires you to perform the following prior actions:

  1. First, create an eduvpn profile file on https://account.oulu.fi/eduvpn. Read the instruction: Eduvpn profile creating (UO).
  2. Download the profile file to your computer, e.g. Download folder.
  3. If your own device does not have OpenVPN client, install it according to the instructions on this page. NOTE: OpenVPN Connect is already installed on all university staff UNIV computers.
  4. Import your profile file to OpenVPN client.

Contents of this instruction:

Windows: Installing OpenVPN Connect client and importing the profile file

1. Load and install OpenVPN Connect on your own device

  • Note: If the device is maintained (e.g. UNIV or STUDENT computer) by ICT Services of the university, OpenVPN Connect is already installed.
  • Load the program from: https://openvpn.net/client-connect-vpn-for-windows/.
  • Install it. Administrator rights are needed.

2. Import the profile file to OpenVPN Connect

  • Use OpenVPN Connect shortcut to open the application.
  • Import your eduvpn profile file into application: Import Profile > File > Browse. Browse and select the newest eduvpn file created by you or use the mouse to drag and drop the file.
  • Choose Connect after import and click Add. VPN connection opens now.
  • When not using the connection, close it with the green slide button in the OpenVPN Connect window. With the same button, you can turn on the VPN connection when needed.

Linux: Installing OpenVPN Connect client and importing the profile file

1. Install OpenVPN

  • Fedora, CentOS, RHEL: sudo yum install NetworkManager-openvpn NetworkManager-openvpn-gnome openvpn
  • Ubuntu: sudo sudo apt install network-manager-openvpn network-manager-openvpn-gnome openvpn

2. Import the profile file to NetworkManager

  • Use graphical tools to import the eduvpn file or type the command: nmcli connection import type openvpn file Downloads/eduvpn.ovpn

3. Open the connection

  • Use graphical tools or type the command: nmcli connection up eduvpn
  • If you want that all traffic does not go through the vpn tunnel, type the command:
    ip route add 130.231.0.0/16 via 10.2.x.x dev tun0ip route delete default via 10.2.x.x dev tun0

Mac: Installing OpenVPN Tunnelblick and importing the profile file

1. Load and install OpenVPN Tunnelblick

2. Import the profile to Tunnelblick

  • Click Tunnelblick icon in the status bar at the top of your screen and choose VPN Details.
  • Drag and drop the eduvpn profile file downloaded by you earlier to Tunnelblick in Configurations column.
  • Start VPN connection by clicking Connect and quit the connection by clicking Disconnect.

« Back

This article was published in categories English version available, All instructions, for the University of Oulu staff, for the University of Oulu students, accessible content, UniOulu and tags , , , , , , , , , , , . Add the permalink to your favourites.