Error: iptables service not started because of error (SVC_RUN_EXCEPT)

  • Posted November 11, 2013

I recently installed Open VPN on my Ubuntu server. The setup was fine, I had no problems, but now when I try to launch the service, I get the following error: “iptables service not started because of error (SVC_RUN_EXCEPT)”

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


+1. Hitting this while running openVPN on docker ubuntu14. Please let us know if you found any solution for this issue.

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@chrobione Thanks! I was also stuck with this issue.

I thought I would post an answer here since google kept leading back here.

The kernel that I was using was wrong. Thanks to the guys/gals at DO for fixing it for me… Here is how you do it for yourself.

Select the droplet. Left click on “console access”. Login to console. Shutdown droplet i used sudo shutdown now for my Ubuntu. Left click on “back to droplet” button Left click on “power” tab Left click on “power off” tab Left click on the “Power off” button. Left click on the “settings” gear Select “Kernel” tab DigitalOcean changed mine to Ubuntu 12.04 x64 vmlinuz-3.13.0-43-generic. **Make sure you choose the right kernel. End of Public Service Announcement ** Left click on the “change” button Left click on the power button to reboot the droplet And Life was good for me after that . Server started up no errors and all was good.


Did you resolved this?

Looks like the first two links, <a href=“”>here</a>, provide a workaround.