Chemistry and Biochemistry

Using the VPN

  • Run the installer you just downloaded. The filename should be something like openvpn-connect- The version number may change as updates come out. Follow any prompts given.
  • Once the client is installed, you should have an icon in your system tray that looks like the “O” in the OpenVPN logo with an “x” on it.
  • It should connect to the VPN automatically. If you don't want to use the VPN now, just disconnect by right-clicking the icon in the system tray and choose Disconnect from…

Connecting to the VPN

  • Right click on the OpenVPN Connect icon in the system tray and select Connect to…
  • You should be prompted to login to the VPN.

  • When you connect, it will prompt you to accept the configuration being sent by the server. Select Yes, and if you wish, make sure you've checked the box that says Don't ask again if you don't want to be prompted about this anymore.

  • It will take a moment to connect. The icon in the system tray will have a green check on it when connected.
  • Once you are connected to the VPN, you can access resources that are otherwise only available from within the Chemistry Department.


  • Click on the dmg file you just downloaded (it should be something similar to openvpn-connect-
    • Note that the version numbering may change over time.
  • When the file opens, double-click OpenVPN Connect Installer.pkg.
    • If you get the following message, right-click the pkg file and click Open instead of double-clicking on it. 
    • After the following message appears, click Open.
  • Follow the prompts of the installer.
    • Note that on the License screen, after hitting Continue, it can sometimes take a few seconds for the License Agreement to appear.
  • The VPN will connect automatically through the browser at this point. Just disconnect if you don't want to use the VPN right now.

Connecting to the VPN

  • Click on the new icon in your system tray that looks like the “O” in the OpenVPN logo with an “x” on it, and click Connect to
  • You will be asked if you want to Allow VPN connection to Select Yes to continue.
  • A pop-up box will prompt you for your password. Your username should already be filled in for you.
  • After a few seconds, you will be connected to the VPN. Once you are connected to the VPN, you can access resources that are otherwise only available from the Chemistry Department!
  • Click on the link Yourself (user-locked profile). The client configuration file should download to your computer. Make note of where it downloads to.
  • Install the OpenVPN package and network manager plugin for OpenVPN for your distribution of Linux. In Ubuntu and most Debian-based distributions the command to install both packages is: sudo apt install openvpn network-manager-openvpn.
  • Make sure you agree to install any additional packages that this one depends on by selecting yes when prompted.

KDE Plasma 5.12

This version of KDE Plasma is what is currently in Kubuntu 18.04.1. If you are using Plasma version 5.5.5 or earlier (like in Kubuntu 16.04), the configuration windows have changed since then and may look somewhat different than what is shown below.

  • Right-click on the icon for the Network Manager. It will either look like a Wi-Fi icon or a monitor and network cable and is near the clock.
  • Select Configure Network Connections from the menu that appears.
  • Enlarge the window, if needed, so you can see all of the controls.
  • In the Connection editor, click on the + (below the list of connections) to add a new connection.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select Import VPN Connection… and click Create.
  • Open the user-locked profile file you downloaded before (by default it is named client.ovpn). Once opened, the settings for the VPN should be automatically imported for you. If prompted to save the certificates, select Yes.
  • Uncheck the box for the Private Key Password.
  • If you wish, you can continue to edit the VPN connection to include your Chemistry username and password if you do not want to be prompted for them each time you connect.
  • If you want to can also re-name the connection something you can recognize (like BYU Chemistry VPN).
  • Click OK to save your changes.
  • Your new VPN connection will be saved in the Network Manager.
  • You will be able to connect to it similar to how you connect to Wi-Fi sources in Linux.