Many of our customers use BHost services to host a VPN server. We’re particularly proud to be helping many customers in countries that face internet censorship. By using a VPN they can enjoy the internet how it should be.
We’ve written this guide to help you deploy OpenVPN in 5 minutes, using a fantastic third party script that runs through the installation steps automatically. Special thanks to @Nyr7 for making this script.
You’ll need a BHost VPS which is available to order from just £4 per month.
Step 1 – Operating System
This script has been written for Debian based operating systems, and we recommend new customers start off with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. If you’ve just ordered a VPS from BHost, you can install Ubuntu through the control panel:
If you’re on our OpenVZ platform, enable TUN/TAP via the control panel too.
Step 2 – Login as root
Using your preferred client, SSH in to your VPS:
ssh email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org's password: Welcome to Ubuntu 13.04 (GNU/Linux 2.6.32-042stab081.3 x86_64) root@test:~#
Step 3 – Download and execute the script
It’s as simple as executing this:
wget http://git.io/vpn --no-check-certificate -O openvpn-install.sh; chmod +x openvpn-install.sh; ./openvpn-install.sh
Step 4 – Some basic config
The script will now guide you through a few steps to get going… you’ll need to define things like the listen address and listen port. Leaving these all as the default options should work just fine unless you’re an advanced user.
Welcome to this quick OpenVPN "road warrior" installer I need to ask you a few questions before starting the setup You can leave the default options and just press enter if you are ok with them First I need to know the IPv4 address of the network interface you want OpenVPN listening to. IP address: 220.127.116.11 What port do you want for OpenVPN? Port: 1194 Do you want OpenVPN to be available at port 53 too? This can be useful to connect under restrictive networks Listen at port 53 [y/n]: n Finally, tell me your name for the client cert Please, use one word only, no special characters Client name: bhost Okay, that was all I needed. We are ready to setup your OpenVPN server now Press any key to continue...
The script will then get any necessary dependancies, install OpenVPN and generate some certificates which may take a few minutes.
Step 5 – get the client config files
Once the script has finished, you’ll see the following output:
Finished! Your client config is available at ~/ovpn-bhost.tar.gz If you want to add more clients, you simply need to run this script another time!
The tarball contains the config files for your VPN connection. Move the tarball to your local machine and extract the contents.
There’s no easy way to untar on Windows, so you might prefer to untar on the VPS first using:
tar -zxvf ovpn-demo.tar.gz
Step 6 – configure your client
After extraction, you’ll have four files from the tarball, yours might be named differently, but from our demo they are:
demo.conf ca.crt demo.crt demo.key
On Tunnelblick, it’s as simple as adding a new VPN by clicking the + button:
You can then follow the instructions provided by Tunnelblick, and drag and drop over your previously created configuration files.
Please be aware of our Terms and Conditions when using BHost services for a VPN. You’re not allowed to commercially sell VPN access, and of course any traffic that goes through the VPN must be compliant with our Terms. Please be aware we don’t provide any guarantees, warranty or support in relation to this third party script. But in our experience, its an excellent way to get your VPN going in no time!
We hope you found this short guide useful… let us know your feedback on Twitter @BHostCloud – and let us know what topic should be covered in our next how-to!