OpenVPN mini-guides: Certificates

In this mini-howto, I’m going to show how to generate Certificates for use with OpenVPN.

Its part of a series of posts that will hopefully include:
Configuring a Mikrotik RouterOS router as a Server
Configuring a Mikrotik RouterOS router as a Client
Configuring a Linux machine as a Client
Configuring a DD-WRT router as a Client

And Tomtom will be working with me to produce instructions on connecting to the server from an iPod Touch, iPhone and Nokia N900.

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Monster VPN Project – Installing OpenVPN

The next part of this project, is to install OpenVPN. Again, in Debian, this is pretty simple. So make sure you’re logged in as root, and run the following:

  apt-get install openvpn

See, I said it was easy. Now there’s a little more of a complex part, where we setup the CA and utilities needed for generating Certificates for the Server and all the Clients.

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Monster VPN Project – Installing MySQL

As with all projects, you have to start by laying the basic blocks to build the interesting parts on.

So this is where we will begin the Monster VPN Project

I’m assuming you’ve already got Debian installed. I’m not going into this, as its been documented all over the place, and isn’t that much of a problem. (And in all honesty, if you struggle with this, you might want to reconsider continueing this project)¬†

The best place to start on this project, is to install MySQL. Since its going to be the database that stores all the data for the VPN’s, its best to have this in place before you start with the rest of it.

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Monster VPN Project

I’ve decided to try my hand at creating a Virtual Network service.

The idea is to have a simple web interface where I can add/remove/edit user accounts, Generate Certificates for endpoints and check users usage.

RADIUS is a fantastic AAA (Accounting Authentication And Authorization) protocol, which is used for almost everything ISP related (dial-up, dsl, wimax, wifi hotspots), so it seems only fitting that I use it for this application. It also means I can integrate other things into it, without serious modification (since its a standard). I may even start using it for building my own Hotspot controller for Mikrotik RouterOS based hotspots.

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