Quick Start Access Server Installation


About the page

There are numerous methods that OpenVPN provides for you to install Access Server. This page provides a quick start installation. Here we are assuming that you have access to a device with a Linux Operating System and are not using an already set instance of Access Server or a VMWare image. For more detailed information about Installing Access Server, read our OpenVPN Access Server Installations Options page; that page will brief you about all methods for installing and deploying Access Server.

Requirements for Installation

  • Linux OS required for Access Server
  • Root privileges will be required for installation of OpenVPN Access Server. If you are going to be using a FQDN with the Access Server, be sure that the domain name is resolvable. Access Server will automatically detect the FQDN and enter it in the Network Settings along with the interface.
  • Licensing – every Access Server package launches with two concurrent connections. They are free for testing/trial purposes; they do not expire. If you require more connections you’ll need to purchase a license key. To purchase license keys and get more information, visit our site here.

Installing Access Server

From our software packages download page, choose the Linux operating system name and version number for your server. From the instructions in the modal window that pops up, copy and paste the commands to your server’s command line. This will set up the software repository for you. It will also download and install the latest Access Server version.

For Access Server versions 1.6 and after, the ovpn-init utility will execute and prompt you with a few questions. If you happen to be using an earlier version, input into the command line:

/usr/local/openvpn_as/bin/ovpn-init --force

Simply press enter for all questions to configure Access Server to all default configurations. You can always change these settings later. After installation, standard output will be displayed in the terminal with necessary information. Here is an example below:

Please enter "passwd openvpn" to set the initial 
administrative password, then login as "openvpn" to continue 
configuration here:

To reconfigure manually, use the /usr/local/openvpn_as/bin/ovpn-init tool.

Access Server Web UIs are available here: 
Admin UI:
Client UI:

The output of the installation provides two crucial pieces of information. The first is the instruction to change the “openvpn” bootstrap user. This is a user that is included in all Access Server packages; the intent is to provide a user that is never locked out of the Admin Web UI. To change the password for the bootstrap user, input the command:

passwd openvpn

You will need to input the new password twice to successfully change the password.

The second piece of information lists the Admin and the Client UI addresses. Navigate to Admin UI address in a web browser to be able to continue to the Admin Web UI login page. You should now be able to log in as the openvpn bootstrap user and begin configuring Access Server. For a quick guide for you first time logging in, please click here.

Upgrading Access Server

Depending on your server configurations, you may need to follow different steps to upgrade Access Server. Please refer to Keeping OpenVPN Access Server Updated for details.