I am running openVPN on my Linux server and use openVPN Windows client to connect to it - everything is working fine.
Now I was wondering if I can setup the VPN connection through Windows' network management. I know it must be possible as I can connect to my university's VPN doing so (it's listed under connections).

However, when I tried setting it up I couldn't get it to work. Mainly because I didn't know what to do with the certificates (ca.crt, client.crt, client.key). Apart from that Windows always asks for a password which I didn't set on the server since the authentification is done through the certificates.

Any idea if my scenario is even possible and if so, how?


No it is not possible as native Windows network management does not support OpenVPN. It supports PPTP and maybe some other types of private networking protocols.


Windows supports SSTP, L2TP, and PPTP, as well as DirectAccess (with Enterprise SKUs). No OpenVPN support here, you need to use the OpenVPN client for that.


Are you certain that your university is actually using OpenVPN? In fact Windows does not support OpenVPN out of the box (some Linux OS like Ubuntu got built-in OpenVPN support in the network manager).

So you can not establish a OpenVPN connection without the oVPN client. A possible workaround would be placing another pc/server (or a cheap router running openwrt) in front of the windows machine ... But that's a bit off topic.

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