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OpenVPN setup difficulties on Vista: "access denied"

Posted on 2009-05-12
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I am not Vista-savvy. I am trying to install and configure OpenVPN. However when I try to copy the config files into C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config I get "access denied".

The original installation of OpenVPN was done as a user with admin privileges (so I think). However, I get the same result when logged in as another admin user.

In poking around a bit, I found that the folder was set to not have all permissions. So I changed the permissions, even though as an administrator this should not have been necessary. AFter doing that, I was able to put the files into the folder and modify them.

This seems wrong. What is going on?
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by:alainbryden
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Vista has a whole bunch of security measures that are frustrating to the power user. One of these is giving full access to the administrator-creator but not necessarily all administrators. (Of course, administrators can change these permissions.) The first thing I did on my vista system was disable UAC and update the permission tables in C: and its subdirectories (except Windows) to give me full access.

Anyways, I think if you had personally created the OpenVPN folder by installing it on your administrator user account, then you wouldn't have had to give yourself further permission to modify it.

~ Alain
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by:jasimon9
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It sounds like what you are saying is that installing under and administrator, but not an administrator-creator resulted in not assigning full access permissions. Because I did install under a "normal" adminstrator account.

I am not sure if there is even an administrator-creator account on this system, unless it is one of those Microsoft "hidden administrator" type accounts.

And I am not motivated to spend a lot of time on Vista, as that machine is scheduled to either be downgraded to XP Pro, or replaced by a Mac.
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What I meant to say is if you installed it with a different administrator account than the one you are now on, you will not be considered the "Creator", the other account will be, perhaps why it was initially not granting you full control.

~Alain
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by:jasimon9
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I cannot rule out that the install was done under another account. Awarding points.+
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