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Old 07-31-2009, 03:06 AM   #1
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Can you run OpenVPN without keys or certificates?

Is it possible to set up an OpenVPN without having to issue keys or certificates.
All tutorials I found seem to use them.

I want just a basic username/password approach - I don't care that much about security obviously but is it at all possible?
Old 07-31-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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No, you need at least the server certificate.

See Using username/password authentication as the only form of client authentication.
Old 05-07-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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Instead of OpenVPN I installed and configured pptpd VPN server (on linux) which is way simpler and doesn't require any certificates. In Windows XP (client) I just created a new VPN connection. Details:
Old 05-08-2015, 04:20 AM   #4
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Instead of OpenVPN you may try pptpd VPN server which doesn't require any keys or certificates. And if you use Windows XP as a client you will just need to created a new VPN connection. Helping google queries: "pptpd" xp; linux nat; pptp xp optional encryption.

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