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OpenVPN SAML integration

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security used when logging into websites or apps. Individuals are authenticated through more than one required security and validation procedure that only they know or have access to.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a protocol for authenticating to web applications. SAML allows federated apps and organizations to communicate and trust one another’s users.


  • Configured Arculix instance and user account with administrative privileges for Arculix.

  • Configured Arculix LDAP Agent.

    For more information, see the Arculix LDAP Agent deployment guide.

  • User account with administrative privileges for OpenVPN Cloud.

OpenVPN Access Server configuration

In this section, you'll configure OpenVPN as a service provider (SP).

  1. Download the SAML metadata and certificate for your organization from Arculix.

    Metadata download:<myorganization>/saml/download/metadata

    View metadata:<myorganization>/saml/metadata

    Certificate download:<myorganization>/saml/download/cert

  2. Log in to your OpenVPN instance, and in the left menu, go to Authentication > SAML.

  3. On the SAML Authentication page, set Enable SAML Authentication to YES.

  4. In the Hostname field, enter the the OpenVPN hostname.

    This automatically generates the Service Provider (SP) and ACS URLs you'll need for the Arculix side of the configuration.

  5. In the Configure IdP Automatically section, enter the Arculix Metadata URL and click Get.

  6. OpenVPN automatically gathers all required URLs from the Arculix metadata. Click Save Settings.

  7. Go to User Management > User Permissions.

  8. Make the following configurations:

    • Click the More Settings icon for the username.

    • Select the SAML option.

  9. Save your changes.

Arculix SAML configuration as an Identity Provider (IdP)

In this section, you'll add an application for OpenVPN and set the SAML configuration settings. This will be the Identity Provider (IdP) side of the configuration.

  1. Log in to Arculix with an administrative account and go to Applications.

  2. Click Create New Application.

    Create new application
  3. In the New Application form, on the General tab, set the following configurations:


    Set the name of the application. This is the name to display for push notifications, in the Admin panel, Application portal, and audit logs.

    For example, OpenVPN.


    Set to SAML Service Provider.

    Out of Band Methods

    Select the allowed methods end users can choose to approve MFA requests.

    For example, Arculix Mobile app (push notifications), SMS, or Security Key.

    Message for MFA Requests

    Optional. Type a message displayed to end users when sending an MFA request via push notification, SMS, or email.

  4. Select the SAML Service Provider Configuration tab, and set the following configurations:

    Issuer or Entity ID

    Enter the SP issuer URL provided by OpenVPN.

    For example,

    Log in URL

    Enter the SP login URL provided by OpenVPN.

    For example,

    NameID Format

    Set to Email Address.

    Name Identifier

    Set to Email.


    Enter the SP Assertion Consumer Service (ACS) URL provided by OpenVPN:

    For example,

  5. Save your changes.

Test your application integration

  1. Go to your OpenVPN URL then select Sign in via SAML.

  2. You will be redirected to the Arculix SSO page.

    Application login page with QR code
  3. After successful authentication, select your preferred MFA method to approve access to the OpenVPN portal.

    Select MFA method
  4. You are redirected to the OpenVPN portal.


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