Installing a connector for macOS
To install a connector on a private network running macOS for an OpenVPN Cloud Host, follow these steps:
- Sign in to the OpenVPN Cloud administration portal at https://cloud.openvpn.com.
- Access Hosts and click to add a new host.
- Give the host and connector a name, select a VPN Region for the connector, and click the checkmark to save.
- Note that the Connector has been assigned a VPN IP Address (in this example, 100.96.1.82). Click on the download icon next to the Connector to show the various download options.
- Click on Download Connector App for Mac option.
- You can click on the Download button if you want to download and install the Connector on the computer that you are working on or you can click on Copy URL button to open the URL in the browser of the target macOS computer so that the software gets downloaded directly on that computer.
- Go to the macOS computer and paste the URL in the browser to start downloading the OpenVPN Connect Client and its bundled profile. This has to be done within 15 minutes of URL generation.
- Click on the downloaded installer to start the installation process.
- Double-click on the installer to start the installation.
- Click on the Continue button.
- Click on the Agree button.
- Click on the Install button to begin the installation.
- Installation progress will be shown.
- Click on the Close button to exit the installer.
- Launch the OpenVPN Connect application using Launchpad.
- Click on the profile that is already present to connect to your OpenVPN Cloud.
Optional: If the Connector is a Connector for a Network instead of for a Host
Please see Connecting Networks to OpenVPN Cloud Using Connectors for information on actions needed to be taken outside the scope of OpenVPN Cloud to enable proper routing of traffic between your private networks and VPN clients
Optional: Remote Management using VNC
If the macOS computer you installed the Connector on has Remote Management turned ON, you can securely connect to it via OpenVPN Cloud and VNC viewer by using the VPN IP Address of the Connector (in this example, 100.96.1.82). The screenshots below show the macOS Host being connected to using VNC Viewer
Turning Remote Management ON on the Host
OpenVPN Cloud User remotely managing the Host by connecting to it with the Host’s VPN IP address
Note: While the warning is accurate about the Apple Screen Sharing connection not being secure or encrypted by the application, it can be ignored because the connection is being secured and encrypted by the use of OpenVPN Cloud.