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Installing Connector for macOS

In order to use a computer on a private network, running macOS operating system, as an OpenVPN Cloud Host so that OpenVPN Cloud Users can access services running on it, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to Hosts and click on the + icon on the upper right-hand corner to add a new Host
  2. Give the Host and Connector a name, select a VPN Region for the Connector, and click on the checkmark icon to complete configuration
  3. 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
  4. Click on Download Connector App for Mac option
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Click on the downloaded installer to start the installation process
  8. Double-click on the installer to start the installation
  9. Click on the Continue button
  10. Click on the Agree button
  11. Click on the Install button to begin the installation
  12. Installation progress will be shown
  13. Click on the Close button to exit the installer
  14. Launch the OpenVPN Connect application using Launchpad
  15. 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

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

OpenVPN Cloud User remotely managing the Host

Note that 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.

Encrypted by the use of OpenVPN Cloud