OpenVPN Room for Improvement

Elliott Scott
CEO at Scott Solutions LLC
The product is fully customized through configuration files, which is all achieved through manual data entry. This is where it becomes unattractive. 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 I mean by this is, if there was a form-driven configuration process, like a "File -> Settings" kind of thing, where the end user can enter data into fields to specify the connection specifics, e.g. hostname/IP Address, protocols, etc. that could be written into the config file in the background, similar to what you see in YaST over in openSuSE in some of the services area, etc., and basically foolproof the VPN configuration, you may see more GUI-oriented folks using OpenVPN. Of course in saying this, I anticipate what's going to happen: "Well, give it a try, Elliott!" I'd love to, but my programming skills aren't there yet - I'm a "Edit the file" guy... View full review »
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. View full review »
Software Engineer II at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Some of the issues we faced were things like, 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. Also, 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. View full review »
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Senior System Engineer
The user interface that we had to implement. I would like to see a simpler interface, so that we can make the connection between the local network using the LAN IP. Also, 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. View full review »
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. View full review »
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. View full review »
Cofounder/CTO and Principal Devops at a tech vendor
Maybe provide a GUI or Web UI to manage users. Today these features are in the Pro Edition or are done by scripts. View full review »
Eugene Burachevskiy
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
At the moment, I am not working too closely with the product. View full review »
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. View full review »
Better GUI. Also, we switched more to Cisco AnyConnect due to the Win 10 stability issues. View full review »
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