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How to Make OpenVPN work with the Windows 7 Firewall

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

OpenVPN is a robust open source VPN application that provides a secure, encrypted link between computers over a public network (i.e. the Internet). I have installed it on many different computers over the years. I have successfully run OpenVPN under Windows using third party firewalls. I was more than a little surprised when I tried to set up a VPN at the office of one of my consulting client’s and found that OpenVPN would not work with the Windows 7 built in firewall. If I turned off the firewall everything worked fine.  Of course, it does not make much sense to set up a VPN for security but have the firewall turned off.

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Windows 7 Tip: Elevated Command Prompt Anywhere

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

When running Windows 7, I found that I really missed the Window XP Power Toy, Command Prompt Here. It allows you to open up a command prompt in a specific directory  from Windows Explorer by pointing to the directory and right clicking.  This was very useful when I needed to run a console program or script from a specific directory. Well, I found out that this feature is now built into Windows 7,  along with some extra goodies. Check it out! Click to continue »