Automatic Profile Deployment

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Automatic Profile Deployment

Post by shaun-onul » Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:23 pm

Good day Open VPN fans.

We've been using Tunnelblick on our MacOS systems for the longest time to connect to our OpenVPN CE server.

Now the OpenVPN GUI finally being available for MacOS seems like a great replacement for that, but for the life of me cannot figure out how I could deploy the .ovpn file to users without asking them to manually install it.

Is there a particular folder or location I'm not aware of to drop the .ovpn file so it's automatically loaded on the first startup?

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Re: Automatic Profile Deployment

Post by openvpn_inc » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:48 pm

Hello shaun-onul,

I suspect that perhaps you are confusing OpenVPN GUI with OpenVPN Connect. OpenVPN GUI is the open source client for Windows. Tunnelblick is the open source client for macOS. OpenVPN Connect is the commercial client that is available for macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android. I suspect that is the client you mentioned, but I'm not entirely sure.

With OpenVPN Access Server and OpenVPN Cloud we support bundling profiles, meaning when you download the OpenVPN Connect software from those commercial products, they come with a client profile automatically already bundled inside it, available right after installation. For Windows we also support an alternate method where if you launch the MSI installer file without a bundled profile, but it finds the file 'bundled.ovpn' in the same directory as the installer, it will use that. This function is only available on OpenVPN Connect v3 on Windows.

Regarding what you want to achieve, since you're using the community edition server, I don't have any answer for you there. The community server doesn't do bundling of the profiles in the way I just described, so they will just have to manually install it.

I do believe though that you can (double)click on a .ovpn file to open it. The OpenVPN Connect v3 client program will then open and offer to import it. That's about as easy as we can make it for you there.

I hope that information helps. Kind regards,
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