OpenVPN Access Server Overview

OpenVPN Access Server is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Enterprise Infrastructure VPN tools. It is most often compared to Fortinet FortiClient: OpenVPN Access Server vs Fortinet FortiClient

What is OpenVPN Access Server?

OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

OpenVPN Access Server is also known as OpenVPN.

OpenVPN Access Server Buyer's Guide

Download the OpenVPN Access Server Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: January 2021

OpenVPN Access Server Customers

Verizon, Amazon, Disney, HP, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about OpenVPN Access Server pricing:
  • "With regard to setup cost, pricing and/or licensing, the simple answer is that you'll need to set aside some time to learn it and experiment with it."

OpenVPN Access Server Reviews

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Elliott Scott
CEO at Scott Solutions LLC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 28, 2019
My solution for connecting two DRBD farms

What is our primary use case?

OpenVPN is an excellent candidate for establishing secure point-to-point connections between home office locations and satellite locations. It can be configured to limit exposure of the network, from just between the specific endpoints, all the way to full access between local area networks. Performance is consistent and positive. Security has been outstanding, passing some of the greatest tests we've put them to regulating bodies looking for vulnerabilities. If you're looking for a solid solution to establish VPN tunnels between sites, be sure to put OpenVPN on your list to check out.

Pros and Cons

  • "The features I have found to be most valuable are the levels of encryption I can enact and the compression I can apply to improve throughput."
  • "If there was a Graphical User Interface to help streamline the configuration, I believe OpenVPN would probably venture more into the non-geek realm as it were."

What other advice do I have?

You can see a quick description of the DRBD project I mentioned on my website along with a graphic showing the layout of it. Visit for more details.
Suresh Kotian
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Jul 2, 2020
Easy to set up and use, offers multi-factor authentication, and technical support is good

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and the OpenVPN Access Server was one of the products that we used for our customers. It is used to create remote desktop connections into the cloud network, where people who are working from home can share resources with people in the office. When people are working in an office then they have a local network, and OpenVPN expands the network for use externally. We are no longer using this solution because of complaints raised by our customers about security vulnerabilities. The server is now shut down.

Pros and Cons

  • "There is support for multi-factor authentication."
  • "The security needs to be improved because it was a complaint that our customers had."

What other advice do I have?

Personally, I like this product and our decision to shut down the server is in response to decisions made by our customers. I have not found any issues with it, myself. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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Enterprise AWS Cloud Architect / Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jan 2, 2021
Very easy to set up users, but needs simpler high availability deployment and support for additional protocols

What is most valuable?

It was very easy to set up users.

What needs improvement?

The high availability deployment is not very straightforward. They can make it simpler.  OpenVPN does not support some of the additional protocols that Pulse Secure and Cisco AnyConnect support. They can include support for these additional protocols.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for close to a year. I set it up and configured it. I also supported it from time to time and documented standard operating procedures because there were other people who were going to maintain it and operate it. We have about 15 users of this solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was not very complicated. I did it for the first time, and for somebody who was doing it for the…