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OpenVPN Server Not Starting

I have followed the tutorial at https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-and-configure-an-openvpn-server-on-ubuntu-20-04 but when I get to the bottom of Chapter 10, my server is not running. Any suggestions. Server status is below.

dave@ubuntu-1gb-lon1-01:~$ sudo systemctl start openvpn-server@server.service
dave@ubuntu-1gb-lon1-01:~$ sudo systemctl status openvpn-server@server.service
● openvpn-server@server.service - OpenVPN service for server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/openvpn-server@.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: activating (auto-restart) (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2021-01-29 11:25:46 GMT; 1s ago
       Docs: man:openvpn(8)
             https://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/wiki/Openvpn24ManPage
             https://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/wiki/HOWTO
    Process: 3521 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/openvpn --status /run/openvpn-server/status-server.log --status-version 2 --suppress-timestamps --config server.conf (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
   Main PID: 3521 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
     Status: "Pre-connection initialization successful"

Jan 29 11:25:46 ubuntu-1gb-lon1-01 systemd[1]: openvpn-server@server.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Jan 29 11:25:46 ubuntu-1gb-lon1-01 systemd[1]: openvpn-server@server.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
dave@ubuntu-1gb-lon1-01:~$

Are there any logs files that I can send to assist in resolving this issue?

I have rebooted the droplet and also gone over the instructions with a fine tooth comb. I did omit most of the options marked as ‘optional’ in the tutorial.

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Hello there

I’ve just setup a droplet using the one click install for the OpenVPN Access Server and everything is working normal:

https://marketplace.digitalocean.com/apps/openvpn-access-server

Could you please make sure that you’re accessing the page with https:// included? The admin URL login is provided at the end of the installation process:

Initial Configuration Complete!

You can now continue configuring OpenVPN Access Server by
directing your Web browser to this URL:

https://IP:943/admin
Login as "openvpn" with the same password used to authenticate
to this UNIX host.

During normal operation, OpenVPN AS can be accessed via these URLs:
Admin  UI: https://IP:943/admin
Client UI: https://IP:943/

The port will be 943 if you haven’t changed it during the install process.

Let me know how it goes. Regards, Alex

Can you post your server.conf file with the cert and key info removed?