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mrjohn
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Auto connect client

Post by mrjohn » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:19 am

Hi
Is there a easy and safe way in v.2.4.7 to autoconnect client without using windows scheduled task or saving password to plain text?
thanks

mrjohn
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Re: Auto connect client

Post by mrjohn » Mon May 13, 2019 9:55 am

for client side I've solved using scheduled task for opening openvpn-gui.exe and add config file to task argument: --connect config.ovpn
but for server,in case of a windows update+restart if user not log in,all connections for clients will be down :(

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novaflash
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Re: Auto connect client

Post by novaflash » Wed May 15, 2019 10:11 am

With OpenVPN Access Server, you can obtain an auto-login profile, which doesn't require credentials to establish a connection.

You can install the open source OpenVPN client on Windows, and enable the openvpn service component. It can read such an auto-login profile from the c:\program files\openvpn\config\ directory and start that connection up at start-up time, even before you login to your Windows system. It is entirely in the background.

carlostico
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Re: Auto connect client

Post by carlostico » Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:46 am

novaflash wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:11 am
With OpenVPN Access Server, you can obtain an auto-login profile, which doesn't require credentials to establish a connection.

You can install the open source OpenVPN client on Windows, and enable the openvpn service component. It can read such an auto-login profile from the c:\program files\openvpn\config\ directory and start that connection up at start-up time, even before you login to your Windows system. It is entirely in the background.
Hi, I tried to follow the instructions but the client is not auto-starting any ideas?
Copied the fie to c:\program files\openvpn\config\ and c:\program files\openvpn\config-auto but nothing

chilinux
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Re: Auto connect client

Post by chilinux » Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:18 pm

As far as I know, the prefer client for OpenVPN AS is now OpenVPN Connect v3 which can be found here:
https://openvpn.net/client-connect-vpn-for-windows/

If you want to continue to use OpenVPN Community Edition and OpenVPN-GUI, I recommend upgrading to at least version 2.4.11 or higher. It can be found here:
https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/

For OpenVPN CE, may also want to try putting the configuration file in:
\Users\$USERNAME\OpenVPN\config

Lastly, you may also want to consider upgrading to OpenVPN Access Server version 2.9.0 which modifies the server-locked profiles to be compatible with OpenVPN Community Edition.

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Re: Auto connect client

Post by openvpn_inc » Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:51 pm

Hello carlostico,

Auto-login profiles do not require credentials to establish a connection, so are ideal for service background connections. On OpenVPN community edition a service daemon comes with it that allows to run connections under a service daemon. It will by default load profiles from the 'config-auto' directory and start them, if the service is enabled. This requires you to setup OpenVPN's service component. This document describes that:
https://openvpn.net/community-resources ... s-service/

OpenVPN Connect v3 now also has a service daemon mode for Windows.
https://openvpn.net/vpn-server-resource ... emon-mode/

OpenVPN Connect v3 also has a simple setting in the configuration that allows to reconnect on reboot.

Kind regards,
Johan
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