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Setting Up The Hostwinds VPN On Linux

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The instructions here use Network Manager, which is the most commonly used network configuration and connection management tool for Linux distributions that cater to desktop environments.

If you’re using something different, the steps you take are probably very similar to the steps outlined here. However, we recommend referring to the documentation for your tool if it’s something different.

Things you should have ready:

You can configure your Hostwinds VPN on Linux by performing the following steps:

  1. Download and install the network-manager-openvpn-gnome (or its equivalent if you’re using something other than Network Manager) using a package manager (Debian, Ubuntu, etc)
  2. Unzip the TBLK file somewhere
  3. Go to your notification area
  4. Click the Network Manager icon
  5. Choose VPN Connections > Configure VPN
  6. In the window that comes up, click Import on the right
  7. Select the Hostwinds-VPN.ovpn from where you unzipped the TBLK file
  8. Input your login credentials that were emailed to you – You can also choose whether to connect automatically and whether the VPN is available to other users
  9. Click Advanced on the bottom right
  10. Under the general tab, check the box for Custom Gateway Port and enter 80
  11. Click OK
  12. Click Save
  13. Select Close
  14. Now you should be on your desktop again – Click the Network Manager icon again
  15. Go to VPN Connections > Hostwinds-VPN
  16. Network Manager should start and give you a message that it has successfully created the connection

You should see a padlock icon for Network Manager’s status icon. If you do, congratulations, your VPN is setup and active

Do not choose to make the VPN available to other users if anyone you do not 100% trust with your VPN password might use it!

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