OPENVPN on Ubuntu 12.04

I run into plenty of instances where the instructions to install openvpn are wrong. They aren’t necessarily wrong but they are missing important steps. I’m not sure why this is happening but I have wasted hours trying to figure these issues out.

Looking at one set of instructions I realize that I need to edit the server.conf file, yet I don’t have a server.conf file! I believe there is a sample server.conf file to use but now I must use Google to figure out where the sample files are.

In this instance my answer is located in the official openvpn instructions.

the sample-config-files directory in /usr/share/doc/packages/openvpn or /usr/share/doc/openvpn-2.0 if you installed from an RPM package.

The next problem I ran into is why I am getting errors when I type Source Vars. In this instance I need to rename the openssl-1.0.0.conf to openssl.conf. Again, I found1 spot where it mentioned to do this.