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[Openvpn-users] Windows 2003 and OpenVPN Routing Issues

  • Subject: [Openvpn-users] Windows 2003 and OpenVPN Routing Issues
  • From: David Legg <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 00:35:14 +0000


I've been having a routing issue with OpenVPN and Windows 2003 that's taken me hours to find because I just didn't see it. OpenVPN is up and running fine, encryption is fine, client and server are happy. However, I just couldn't ping or get any network traffic through the interface.

To troubleshoot I ran exactly the same OpenVPN configuration as a server on a Windows XP SP2 machine locally, pointed the client at it and instant network traffic - working. I re-ran it on the Windows 2003 server and no joy. I began to look long and hard at my routing tables, as when I pinged my client VPN address it wanted to pass the traffic off to the default gateway, so it wasn't going through the VPN interface. I noticed on the XP machine that a route was created for the network (my private VPN network), subnet mask of with a gateway of (the gateway set by ifconfig in the config file) and a metric of 1. The XP machine as a server worked fine. On Windows 2003 it creates everything else but doesn't create this route, and no matter how many times I restarted OpenVPN it would not add it. When I created it manually using 'route add' the VPN started working absolutely instantly.

Does anyone know why OpenVPN or Windows 2003 would not be creating this route, but otherwise be up and running fine? The only difference I can see with this route is that it is created with a metric of 1, whereas the others are 30. Is there possibly some IPFilters or other weird Windows setting that may prevent this? I will try and post my full routing tables from Windows 2003 and XP to illustrate fully what I mean.

Cheers and thanks in advance,


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