Using Client Packages

To simplify the task of connecting a non-Plesk host to your Plesk server, Plesk supplies preconfigured client packages containing configuration files and the cryptographic key for the other party. The contents of the archives are specifically tailored to the preferences you have specified earlier.

  • If your user is running Windows, click For a Windows Client to download and save the client package on your local machine.

    The client package is a ZIP archive that contains the following files:

    • Install TAP device.bat - installs the TAP driver on your computer.
    • Uninstall TAP device.bat - removes the TAP driver from your computer.
    • Connect to VPN.bat - establishes a VPN connection.
    • System folder - contains the cryptographic key and your VPN preferences.

    To install and uninstall the TAP drivers, you must have Windows administrator rights on your computer.

    To install the TAP driver, run the install TAP device.bat file. After the driver is installed, you can establish a VPN connection to the Plesk-enabled server by running the connect to VPN.bat file. The OpenVPN software itself is contained within the client package and does not require any installation or removal procedures.

  • If your user is running Unix, click For a Unix client to download and save the client package on your local machine.

    The package contains the openvpn.conf file with your current VPN preferences and the vpn-key file that is a cryptographic key for your VPN connection. If you are using this package, OpenVPN (version 2.0) must be already installed on the client machine. For smooth operation, we advise that you use OpenVPN 2.0 beta 11 as the component was tested on this beta version.

If the preferences on the Plesk server change or a new key is generated or uploaded to the Plesk server, the client packages must be downloaded again because they include your current key and existing VPN preferences.