It’s possible to use your Virtuozzo VPS or KVM VPS server as a gateway to the internet on your home computer this is called a VPN or Virtual Private Network. When you use a VPN you connect to the internet via your VPS servers internet connection. An SSL certificate is generated on the VPS server which you can then import to any VPN software which will allow you to connect securely to your VPS. When using a VPN your location and IP will appear the same as your VPS server, not your usual internet.
The actual specifications on the Virtuozzo VPS you are going to use as a VPN server are irrelevant. Its possible to use the cheapest Virtuozzo VPS First2Host offer because you are actually only using the internet connection on that server. This means you can manage your own VPN server for much less money than VPN Server providers and it’s much more secure as it’s for use only by yourself and not shared.
Install Operating System
Once you have the access details to your VPS Server your server should be installed with Debian 9 or Debian 10. This can be completed from your VPS control panel or from your client area.
If you are using a Virtuozzo VPS the next step is to log in to your VPS control panel and enable the TUN/TAP option. You can also enable this from your client area. Without this, the OpenVPN setup script will not work. Our support team can assist you if you need help enabling this option.
Next, log in to your VPS server with the root users credentials, then run the setup script, use the below command
wget http://www.first2host.co.uk/servers/openvpn-install.sh bash openvpn-install.sh
Generate OpenVPN Certificate
Follow the setup script to install OpenVPN, you can leave the default options in place. Once you are prompted for a username (this defaults to client) enter a username and the setup script will generate your VPN .opvn configuration file and SSL certificate.
Once complete, your OpenVPN setup files will be located in the /root folder. You need to download this as it will be used on your OpenVPN client on your PC. You can use WinSCP to login to your server and navigate to the /root folder. Once there download the files to your desktop. The setup file you need to download is comprised of the username you gave during the setup. We used the username vpn.
once this file is on your local PC just import it to your OpenVPN client and you can then connect to your newly setup VPN server.
How was this article? – Install OpenVPN using a First2Host VPS Server
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