Windows Remote Desktop



  • I have a fairly vanilla pfSense install running at the moment. It is 2.4 and the only rule I have currently is a NAT port forward for my Plex server. I had a major issue getting Plex to behave on the LAN even after setting the DNS resolver fix for Plex.direct. I finally fixed that issue by making a change in the NAT rule for Plex; I had to set NAT refelction to enable (pure NAT). No my Plex works fine locally and remotely. Weird thing is, as long as that rule is enabled, I can't RDP into the Plex server on the local LAN. I don't know why when I type the IP of the Plex server into the Windows RDP client that that traffic would go to pfSense at all but it has to be. If I change the up of the Plex server to something different that the NAT rule in pfSense, RDP works fine. I then changed the pfSense rule to match the new Plex server IP, and RDP died again. I am in the same LAN as the server and have tried different RDP clients and different devices. Windows firewall is all set correctly. What in pfSense would stop me from RDPing into my Plex server? I don't understand why that traffic would be going to pfSense at all since everything is on the same subnet. Plex is running on a Server 2016 VM hosted on a Server 2016 box.

    Thanks for the help.



  • Anyone have any ideas? I'm still pretty new to pfSense so I'm at a loss right now.



  • Hi,

    Read your write-up 5 times.
    At best, it's not very clear.

    What is a "Plex server" ?
    "Plex is running on a Server 2016 VM hosted on a Server 2016 box" AND "I am in the same LAN as the server and have tried different RDP clients and different devices." In this case, pfSense isn't used at all, you could even shut it down. RDP will work.
    I have my 2008R2 on my LAN, and can connect to them from any other PC device on the same LAN. No traffic is 'touched' by pfSense in this case.

    One of my Windows 2008R2 can be accessed from the outside (Internet) using RDP. A simple NAT rule on pfSense will do the trick.
    Don't know what NAT refection is.

    I guess you have a VM setup issue here.

    Btw : check your keyboard. At least one key is broken.