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I currently have an EC2 server with OpenVPN installed that I spun up using the official OpenVPN Access Server AMI.

I went through the OpenVPN setup process with all default values selected and I've been able to connect to my instance using the Windows client I downloaded from the VPN server.

My purpose is to use the VPN server to connect to the internet. I will be going to a country where certain websites and services are blocked and need the VPN server to bypass the firewalls in place. I do not plan on using the VPN server to access any private networks.

I have updated my OpenVPN Access Server settings to force it to route all internet traffic and to have its clients use the same DNS servers as the access server host:

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I have also enabled IP forwarding on my EC2 instance with the following command:

echo 'net.ipv4.ip_forward=1' | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.d/99-sysctl.conf

With the above settings, I am unable to connect to the internet when I am connected to my VPN. If I turn off Should client internet traffic be routed through the VPN, I can connect to the internet, but I would be connected through my original ISP IP address.

What else do you need to do here to enable OpenVPN to route all internet traffic?

  • Can you check after connecting to vpn server, if the client routing table get successfully updated? If you don't see a default route pointing to the vpn server, then there is a problem. – Diamant May 9 at 7:38
  • Any news on this? I have a same problem here. btw as @Bruce mentioned you need to disable "Change Source/Destination Check" on your instance. – Shnd Jul 3 at 8:55
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On AWS Web Console, select your OpenVPN Access Server instance, then select "Actions", then select "Networking" then disable "Change Source/Destination Check"

  • Same problem here. Well that is an extra step that should be done, but even with disabling that option I can't connect to internet through my OpenVPN server. – Shnd Jul 3 at 8:53

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