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The Informatics client configuration consists of several short files, described below, which you should download and save as appropriate for your system. If you have AFS available you can copy these directly from /afs/; if not, you can download them from here (we recommend that you right-click on the individual links and "save link as").

If there are platform-specific versions of the configurations we recommend that you use those in preference to the generic versions, as there may be additional tweaks intended to improve your experience.

NOTE: As a temporary measure to increase capacity we have added an additional (IPv4-only) endpoint. The configuration files for this are named "-Covid", and are downloaded and used in exactly the same way as the -Forum and -AT configurations.

The following two configuration files allow you to connect via the Forum endpoint and via the Appleton Tower endpoint respectively:

  • Informatics-InfNets-Forum.ovpn
  • Informatics-InfNets-AT.ovpn

When you connect you will be asked for your DICE username and password. These configurations will redirect selected Informatics subnets (specifically, the managed machine subnets and the static self-managed subnets) through the tunnel, but will leave everything else to travel by its usual route. Unless you have some particular requirements, these are the ones we recommend you normally use, as they are by far the most efficient and robust. Note, however, that if you are connecting to non-Informatics Edinburgh University resources from outside the University you will probably need to use one of the following.

The following configuration files will redirect EdLAN traffic through the Forum and Appleton Tower endpoints respectively. Again, use your DICE username and password.

  • Informatics-EdLAN-Forum.ovpn
  • Informatics-EdLAN-AT.ovpn

These will probably be useful when you are connecting from outside Edinburgh. They may well cause problems if you use them when connected within the University, including using eduroam locally.

The following configuration files will redirect ALL traffic through the Forum and Appleton Tower endpoints respectively. These might be useful when attached through a heavily-restricted connection method (such as the University's "central" wireless service), or where you need to present an EdLAN (i.e. 129.215/16) address to end sites. In general, though, the versions above are much more efficient and robust.

  • Informatics-AllNets-Forum.ovpn
  • Informatics-AllNets-AT.ovpn

If you do want to have these options available, you should install the additional files in the same directory as the other files.

It is no longer necessary to download separate tls-auth or root-certificate files. The contents of these have now been inlined in the ovpn files.

Note also that there may be additional configuration files in the directory which are not described here. These are for test or development purposes, and you should only attempt to use them if we have asked you to. They may refer to facilities which are experimental or not always running, and we do not guarantee that these will work at all, or will not break without notice.

The OpenVPN home site's FAQ and documents linked from it contain a lot of useful information which may help resolve problems.

OpenVPN for macOS
OpenVPN for Windows
Local OpenVPN FAQ

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