Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

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Ano Nymous
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Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

Post by Ano Nymous » Mon May 28, 2018 7:54 pm

I've spent hours reading various guides to setting up OpenVPN server on Windows 10 and at every step of the way there is something either missing or some mention of something else which requires further research. Nothing seems to be a complete start-to-finish setup guide and it's incredibly frustrating.
I know quite a bit about networking, I've been setting up small networks and even some pretty big VPNs for almost 20 years but there is stuff with this that seems to be either passed over, barely hinted about, or knowledge that is just assumed to be in place.

So... is there some complete guide somewhere that details step-by-step installation and doesn't gloss over anything or require any hunting for other resources? Even with some experience and background this has been like trying to learn a foreign language without benefit of hearing the words pronounced.

Examples of what I've run in to:
1. You need easy-rsa folder but it isn't installed by default.
2. On one attempted installation easy-rsa folder was read-only which resulted in lots of errors.
3. What sort of restrictions with your ISP may prevent OpenVPN from running and how do you tell if they are in place?
4. Are there routers that are known to be incompatible for any reason?

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Re: Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

Post by TinCanTech » Mon May 28, 2018 10:15 pm

There are no such guides.

For example:
Ano Nymous wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 7:54 pm
4. Are there routers that are known to be incompatible for any reason?
Shall we test every router ?

It is simply not possible to provide the level of support, which you apparently require, in advance,

So just ask questions ..

Please see:
HOWTO: Request Help !

And don't forget the HOWTO: For OpenVPN Community Edition

And I forgot about this guide: https://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/w ... dows_Guide

:mrgreen:
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Re: Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

Post by Ano Nymous » Mon May 28, 2018 11:14 pm

TinCanTech wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 10:15 pm
Shall we test every router ?
Obviously not however it is a perfectly simple matter to list models that have been encountered that don't test well - but that's just one tiny example of missing information.
The comment about the level of support required is typical of this sort of project - if you want it to remain a tiny niche item then keep criticizing anyone who needs any level of hand-holding. If you want it to become widely accepted be welcoming and encouraging. We weren't all created as computer wizards or people who revel in arcane details and knowledge. Not all of us have the time or inclination to learn an entire library of information to do ONE job out of the 40 or so on our plate at any given time. Some of us just search for products that work so we can get on with the important things in life.

BTW these comments are coming from someone with 20+ years of computer experience including some pretty big networks.

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Re: Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

Post by ecrist » Tue May 29, 2018 12:24 pm

With regard to simple port forwarding, we have not run into any real problem routers. Running a VPN server on Windows (any version) is going to be met with additional hurdles that are easier to travers on Linux or another *nix OS (I prefer FreeBSD). I do cover quite a bit of setup in the book Jan Just Keisjer and I wrote, Mastering OpenVPN.

As far as the other comments, we do try to provide as much support as we can from a base of volunteers. If you're looking for something supported, take a look at the OpenVPN Access Server commercial product.
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Re: Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

Post by TinCanTech » Tue May 29, 2018 9:53 pm

There are some new guides here:
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=26475

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Re: Is there a COMPLETE setup guide for Windows 10?

Post by Ano Nymous » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:22 am

So, in large part due to BBuckman's guide I now have a Windows 10 client connecting to a Windows 10 based server. Can't get the shared folder on the server to be accessible but will continue working on that as time permits.

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