Cannot resolve local DNS Resolver from IPSec client

  • I've finally managed to setup an IPSec tunnel for my MacBook (Sierra) and PFSense. Configuration is as below in the screenshots.

    Unfortunately I cannot resolve any DNS entries on the WAN/LAN when using my PFSense configured DNS resolver ( as the DNS server provided to the IPSec Mobile Clients config page. If I use google's / the DNS resolves successfully and all traffic is routed through the PFSense IPSec server.

    I can ping WAN IP addresses with either google or local DNS and I can successfully access the LAN with either configurations.

    I am guessing its something super simple but I am lost as to what it might be!

    Any help please?
    ![IPSec Mobile Config.jpg](/public/imported_attachments/1/IPSec Mobile Config.jpg)
    ![IPSec Mobile Config.jpg_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/IPSec Mobile Config.jpg_thumb)
    ![phase 2.jpg](/public/imported_attachments/1/phase 2.jpg)
    ![phase 2.jpg_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/phase 2.jpg_thumb)

  • Duh stupid me, had not added the IPSec addresses to the DNS resolver access list! Problem appears to be resolved.

  • Hi, I ran into the same situation as you where my ipsec clients can't access the PFsense as the DNS.
    I have successfully dished out the pfsense IP as the DNS to the clients, and the clients can ping it no problem.
    But when trying to do a resolve I get Query refused:

    Server:  UnKnown
    *** UnKnown can't find Query refused

    I had added the IPSEC /24 network to the DNS resolver access list, but still no luck. Is there anything else you have to do??

    Much appreciated.


  • Hi, nevermind, I found the issue, some time ago I installed BIND, I think its conflicting. I stopped BIND and it works now. thanks.

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