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Tips for VPN Service Providers

SOME FEATURES DESCRIBED ON THIS PAGE ARE AVAILABLE ONLY IN TUNNELBLICK 3.8.2beta03 AND HIGHER

Tunnelblick has several features that VPN service providers should be aware of:

  • Automatic installation of configurations when Tunnelblick is installed
  • Non-administrator installations and updates of configurations
  • Automatic updating of VPN configurations
  • Automatic updating of Tunnelblick

Automatic Installation of Configurations when Tunnelblick is Installed

Tunnelblick can install Tunnelblick VPN configurations at the same time that Tunnelblick itself is installed, using the same computer administrator authorization. For details, see Auto-Install Configurations.

Non-administrator Installations and Updates of VPN Configurations

By default, for security reasons Tunnelblick requires a computer administrator's authorization to install or update VPN configurations.

However, configurations or changes which are not security sensitive may be installed by a standard user (without authorization by a computer administrator) if a computer administrator has previously un-checked the "Require computer administrator authorization to install all configurations" checkbox on the "Preferences" panel of Tunnelblick's "VPN Details" window.

For details, see Standard Users Installing or Replacing Configurations.

Automatic Updating of VPN Configurations

Tunnelblick has two separate methods for updating configurations:

  • The "new" method, which can update only one configuration at a time but is simple to set up and administer; and

  • The "old" method, which is powerful and can update multiple configurations at one time but is complex to set up and administer.

Automatic Updating of Tunnelblick

Tunnelblick includes a built-in updater, which checks for updates to the program and offers to update it when an update is available. Updating may be enabled or disabled on the "Preferences" panel of Tunnelblick's "VPN Details" window.

For security reasons, Tunnelblick must always be installed and updated by a computer administrator.

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