Installation of OpenVPN on your home computer (Windows 10)

These instructions apply only to the home computers of university staff and students! The university computers use the Pulse Secure software for the same purpose. You can also install Pulse Secure on your home computer and home devices.

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Downloading the installation files

The university’s VPN service is implemented using the OpenVPN software. Use the latest software version during installation.

Download the OpenVPN software at: https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/
Choose the correct installation file on the page. For home computers, this is usually Windows 10 Installer.

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In addition to the software installation file, you need the configuration file (called hy.ovpn), which contains the settings needed to start using the university’s VPN service.

Download the software from the Download Centre (file path: Programs > HY-VPN > Windows).

 

Installation of the software

Note: The university’s VPN service is designed in such a way that the easiest and surest way to install the OpenVPN software is to accept the default settings offered by the installation software. If you need help using the software later, the assumption is that you have installed the software installation software using the default settings.

To start installation, click the installation file in the Downloads folder.

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When the installation software starts, click Next.

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Read and accept the license terms.
Click  I Agree to accept the terms.

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The default settings are selected in the installation software. You don’t need to change these.

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You don’t need to change the installation folder either.

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Click Next.

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When the installation is complete, click Finish. Now, move to the installation of the configuration.

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Installation of the configuration

When the software has been installed, you still need to install the configuration file before using the software.
To start the OpenVPN software, from the Start menu, choose OpenVPN  >  OpenVPN-gui.

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When the OpenVPN software has started, you can upload the configuration file you got from the Download Centre as follows:
Click the OpenVPN icon in the menu at the bottom. In the menu that opens, choose Import file...  

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Select the configuration file you got from the Download Centre, hy.ovpn (this file can be found in the Downloads folder if you used the default settings). Choose the file and click Open.

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When the installation is complete, the software gives a notification of successful action.

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Using the software

To open the software, right-click the OpenVPN icon in the menu at the bottom and choose Connect.

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The software then asks for your username and password (use the university username in the basic format, such as rkeskiva). The user information is sent to the university server in an encrypted format.

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After successful login, the OpenVPN icon in the status bar turns green. Hold the mouse over the icon to see a pop-up window with information about the connection.

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To end the VPN connection, choose Disconnect in the above described OpenVPN start menu.