Tested: ExpressVPN OpenVPN Manual Configuration for openSUSE 42.2 Part 2

Continued from Tested: ExpressVPN OpenVPN Manual Configuration for openSUSE 42.2 Part 1

Gnome Network Manager and OpenVPN

Users running openSUSE 42.2 Gnome have the option to set up the ExpressVPN OpenVPN connection using Gnome Network Manager.

If you installed openSUSE 42.2 Gnome using the openSUSE DVD, the system may be running Wicked instead of Gnome Network Manager.

To verify if you're running Gnome Network Manager:

1. Launch YaST2 > Network Settings.

2. On the Global Options tab, check if Network Manager is selected under Network Setup Method.

If you prefer to use Gnome Network Manager and want the Network Gnome applet to appear on the desktop, select Network Manager instead and then reboot the system to refresh your network connection.

To set up an OpenVPN connection using Gnome Network Manager:

1. In Gnome All Settings, click Network.

2. Click + > VPN > Import from file, and then navigate to the ExpressVPN OpenVPN configuration file.

3. Select Make available to other users.

4. Input the OpenVPN Username and Password, and then click Add

5.  You can enable the VPN connection from either the Network connections window or the Gnome Network Manager applet.

Unfortunately, using Gnome Network Manager for ExpressVPN is unreliable. Authentication failed often and connections were dropped more often than connecting from the Terminal.  

As a final option, advanced users can also set up an OpenVPN connection using the YaST2 VPN Gateway and Client module, which is preinstalled with openSUSE 42.2. As with Gnome Network Manager, however, setup didn't work so well and I couldn't connect to the ExpressVPN service via the YaST2 service. 


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