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Offline Reuben

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What server am I on? How do I switch between servers?
« on: September 12, 2007, 09:54:43 AM »
Although we do have load balancing in place, we still give our customers full access to all servers allowing them to pick which server they would like to use (for e.g. EU servers or US servers) to cater to their needs.

How to Tell Which Server you are On:

1. After connecting to OpenVPN, take a look at the green icon in the bottom right hand corner.

2. Right click it in and Show Status. You will see something like this.

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Wed Sep 12 09:33:47 2007 OpenVPN 2.1_rc4 Win32-MinGW [SSL] [LZO2] built on Apr 25 2007
Wed Sep 12 09:33:47 2007 LZO compression initialized
Wed Sep 12 09:33:47 2007 UDPv4 link local: [undef]
Wed Sep 12 09:33:47 2007 UDPv4 link remote: xx.xx.xx.xx:1194
Wed Sep 12 09:33:52 2007 [server] Peer Connection Initiated with xx.xx.xx.xx:1194
Wed Sep 12 09:33:53 2007 TAP-WIN32 device [Local Area Connection 2] opened: \\.\Global\{2B5BA8A8-8E0E-4BF0-BE9C-0442EB803624}.tap
Wed Sep 12 09:33:53 2007 Notified TAP-Win32 driver to set a DHCP IP/netmask of 10.10.11.10/255.255.255.252 on interface {2B5BA8A8-8E0E-4BF0-BE9C-0442EB803624} [DHCP-serv: 10.10.11.9, lease-time: 31536000]
Wed Sep 12 09:33:53 2007 Successful ARP Flush on interface [13] {2B5BA8A8-8E0E-4BF0-BE9C-0442EB803624}
Wed Sep 12 09:33:58 2007 Initialization Sequence Completed

Where xx.xx.xx.xx is the Server's IP address that you are connecting to.

3. Right click your OpenVPN icon again in the bottom right hand corner and click Edit Config. You should see a server list with their names and their corresponding IP addresses.

4. Match the IP you found in your status, to the one in your config file. You now know which server you are on!



Obtaining the Latest Config Files

1. From time to time we update our config files to reflect new servers or improvements.

2. The latest config file will always be available here in the attachment section.

3. Download it and extract it to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config

4. REMEMBER TO EDIT THE CONFIG TO CHANGE IT TO YOUR USERNAME!



Choosing which Server you are connected to

1. Once again we will be editing the config file. Open it up by right clicking on the OpenVPN icon in the bottom right hand corner and clicking Edit Config.

2. Somewhere in the file, you will see something like this (may be slightly different).

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# Server List - To be updated if we add/remove VPN servers.

#Genesis (UK)
remote 92.48.100.8 1194
#Rebirth (UK)
remote 92.48.100.9 1194
#Entourage (UK)
remote 92.48.100.10 1194
#Dutch 2(NL)
remote 89.248.168.196 1194
#Sakura (US)
remote 208.53.170.111 1194
#Gundam Liberty (UK)
remote 83.170.74.144 1194
#Enterprise (US)
remote 208.53.170.122 1194


# This line enables random server selection. Delete/comment it if you want to choose the servers manually
remote-random

3. In order to select which server you are connecting to manually, you need to disable the random server selection. Do this by adding a ";" in front of remote-random so it looks like this:

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# This line enables random server selection. Delete/comment it if you want to choose the servers manually
;remote-random

4. Now the OpenVPN program reads the config file from up to down, so the first server it will try to connect to is the first one listed on the Server List. In this example, it is connecting to the Viper Server first, then Pegasus, then Galactica, etc.

5. So by changing the order of the servers in the way they are listed, you can specify which server OpenVPN tries to connect to first. For example, if I want to connect to Sakura first, I will move it to the top of the Server List like this:

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# Server List - To be updated if we add/remove VPN servers.

# Sakura (US)
remote 208.53.170.111 1194

#Genesis (UK)
remote 92.48.100.8 1194
#Rebirth (UK)
remote 92.48.100.9 1194
#Entourage (UK)
remote 92.48.100.10 1194
#Dutch 2(NL)
remote 89.248.168.196 1194
#Gundam Liberty (UK)
remote 83.170.74.144 1194
#Enterprise (US)
remote 208.53.170.122 1194


6. After finishing fiddling with your settings, remember to save the file.

7. The settings take effect upon the next connect you make!
« Last Edit: April 03, 2008, 07:58:55 PM by james2306 »
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Re: What server am I on? How do I switch between servers?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008, 07:59:47 PM »
Updated to include new server list.

Dont want you noobs out there to get confused and mess things up.  ;)