Setting up a OpenVPN Connection with Windows

Requirements:

You have installed an up-to-date version of Microsoft Windows.

You have set your network access password in the IT Portal.

 

  • 1. Installation of the OpenVPN-Client

    1. Download and save the file

    Download the OpenVPN Client for Windows 10 .
    To download the software, you may need to log in with your WWU ID and WWU password.
    (Note: To download the latest version please visit the developer's page.)
    Confirm to download the OpenVPN-Software and the profile by clicking on "Save file".

    1. Download and save the file
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    3. Starting the Installation

    Start the installation of the software by double clicking the downloaded file.

    3. Starting the Installation
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    4. Starting the Installation Client

    Click "Next" to start the installation of the OpenVPN Client.

    4. Starting the Installation Client
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    5. Accepting the License Agreement

    Accept the license terms by selecting "I Agree". Then select "Next".

    If the upcoming licensing steps are no longer displayed after the installation (Windows 11), go to the second main step "Import of the OpenVPN profile".

    5. Accepting the License Agreement
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    6. Choose components

    Leave the component selection as it is. Then select "Next".

    6. Choose components
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    7. Choose Install Location

    Leave the installation path as preset and select "Install".

    7. Choose Install Location
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    8. Completing the Installation

    Click "Finish" to complete the installation.

    8. Completing the Installation
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  • 2. Import of the OpenVPN profile

    1. Download of the OpenVPN-Profile

    Download the OpenVPN-Profil "wwu" .
    To download the profile, you may need to log in with your WWU identifier and WWU password.
     

    2. Opening the OpenVPN Client

    For the first use it may be necessary to start the "OpenVPN GUI" once. The software should then start automatically when the computer is switched on.

    2. Opening the OpenVPN Client
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    3. Import of the OpenVPN profile

    Afterwards you will find the symbol for OpenVPN at the bottom right of the toolbar. Right-click on the icon and select "Import".

    3. Import of the OpenVPN profile
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    4. Select the OpenVPN profile

    Select the downloaded OpenVPN profile and confirm the selection with "Open". The successful import is confirmed with a message. There you click "Ok".
     

    4. Select the OpenVPN profile
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  • 3. Starting & Ending the VPN-Connection

    1. Establishing connection

    With another right click on the OpenVPN symbol in the toolbar, a new menu appears in which you can select "Connect".

    1. Establishing connection
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    2. Grant admin privileges

    If you are not an administrator on your computer, a message appears stating that you are not a member of the "Open VPN Administrators" group. You can confirm this with "Yes", whereupon you may have to log in as an administrator.

    2. Grant admin privileges
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    3. Establish OpenVPN connection

    In the last step, enter your WWU user ID and the network access password and select "Ok" to establish the connection. (Note: The network access password is not your normal WWU password. You can set the net access password in the IT Portal.)

    3. Establish OpenVPN connection
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