OpenVPN Pros and Cons

OpenVPN Pros

Elliott Scott
CEO at Scott Solutions LLC
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.
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BradBrooks
QA Engineer/Software Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It can securely do remote product updates... just as if it was on our LAN.
You can do local subnet blocking.
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Software3e71
Software Engineer II at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The compatibility with almost any Linux operating system, and how easy it is to write scripts and generate keys for people to use and log in. I found it easy to deploy quickly.
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SeniorSy43b9
Senior System Engineer
A valuable feature for us is its ability to see the new Citrix server as a local server within the company. And it allows us to test abroad.
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Thom at Work
Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Provided the easiest UX for our end-users and had the greatest interoperability with all the operating systems we used, including but not limited to: iOS, Android, OS X, Windows, and Linux.
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SeniorLif988
Senior Linux System Administrator at a media company with 51-200 employees
​It allows us to give access to our office network in a safe and secure way to users, no matter which computing platform they use. ​
Two-factor authentication allows us to not force frequent password changes.
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XavierGarcia
Cofounder/CTO and Principal Devops at a tech vendor
Provides privacy and cryptography for my network communication.
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Eugene Burachevskiy
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
It is much easier to scale and troubleshoot compared to regular Windows-based VPN solutions or PPTP daemon.
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Mark Engstrom
Python Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is open source and therefore affordable for small projects.
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Founderbe26
Founder
It allows our employees to work remotely across Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.
Highly configurable. You can create your own custom client installer and can rebrand the server-side program.
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OpenVPN Cons

Elliott Scott
CEO at Scott Solutions LLC
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.
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BradBrooks
QA Engineer/Software Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
They may have this already, but it would be nice to be able to get more notifications if a site drops unexpectedly.
It would be nice with all these features, if they could send some examples of each one; just small sample scripts to look at and say, "Oh okay, I could expand on this." That would help us a lot.
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Software3e71
Software Engineer II at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
If someone's key is not working, or if we had to remove someone's permission from it, or maybe an employee left the company and we had to take their key out, that seemed a little bit more complicated than it had to be.
I think right now the GUI part of it is locked out behind the pay wall. It could use something that gives it a very basic, minimal, graphic interface for logging in, for the community version. That would probably be a good step forward.
If we had to create something for someone who was not necessarily tech savvy, I had to set that up on their computer, I had to write "read me's" and other things so that they could install their client and then connect to the VPN by themselves. So it was hard to set up for people who are not tech savvy.
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SeniorSy43b9
Senior System Engineer
I would like to see a simpler interface, so that we can make the connection between the local network using the LAN IP.
I would be more happy with the idea of licensing to have a reduced price with longer, grouped, annual fees. We have a lot of other software that does the same thing. It's a little higher price if you're going with a shorter stint, but there's a reduction in price for three- and five-year contracts.
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Thom at Work
Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The upgrade path from older versions was more difficult than we wanted to tackle, so we ran an older version of the software for longer than I wanted. Patching, updating, and migrating to newer versions was a problem for us. That said, we were on a rather old version that I inherited yet it worked rock solid.
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SeniorLif988
Senior Linux System Administrator at a media company with 51-200 employees
​There was one annoying feature where we had to disable and enable the user. I cannot remember what it was exactly, but I think it was for a password lockout. It would be nice if there was a checkbox, or something, in the web interface to allow you to unlock a user whose password was locked.
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XavierGarcia
Cofounder/CTO and Principal Devops at a tech vendor
I would like to see a GUI or Web UI to manage users. Today these features are in the Pro Edition or are done by scripts.
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Eugene Burachevskiy
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
It requires some experience of Linux server configuration to set it up.
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Mark Engstrom
Python Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It could include a configuration wizard so that users who do not follow instructions well can configure a connection.
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Founderbe26
Founder
Needs a better GUI.
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