How do I allow VNC from one subnet to another?

  • LAYER 8 Rebel Alliance

    9 days ago in #2 I told you about Asymmetric/check your Routing. 😐


  • Rico, turned out that it wasn't that at all. The routing I thought was wrong was only for internal use on the server, I didn't check the RAS routing table, which was correct. So something strange happened in the pc. But now I'm back with the problem, only different. After fiddling with the rules for both airplay and egetnett I see what seems to be happening. I see the VNC packages on the Airplay net, but they are blocked. Because I get this:

    Dec 9 20:43:58	AIRPLAY	Default deny rule IPv4 (1000000103)	TCP:SA

    Now that confuses the heck out of me, because I keep getting that even with this rule on the very top of Airplay:


    Shouldn't that rule let everything through? Also I can't understand why I'm seeing the internal IP of the client, and not the IP of the server, but perhaps that's the way it is so that the server can send it on to the correct client?

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    SA screams of Asymmetrical traffic!!!

    Shouldn't that rule let everything through?

    NOT when it is not SYN... You do NOT need rules on airplay to allow return traffic that is started from egetnett... The state will allow the return traffic...

    Like I said draw up your network.. If your seeing SA.. Means you are asymmetrical.. Ie send the Syn,ACK back to firewall where the SYN came from some other path that the firewall did not SEE.

  • I will try. What is the software/website you're using to make your drawings? It seems quick and easy compared to the stuff I've tried.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    I use visio.. But there are plenty of places to do online drawing..

    Here is ascii art one that is pretty slick

    there is giffy

    Here is the thing if your multihoming shit - then you going to have issues with asymmetrical traffic unless you KNOW what your doing.. Its real simple to not have asymmetrical traffic... ONLY put stuff on 1 network, and any upstream/downstream routers would be connected with transit networks

  • Thanks for the drawing tips! But it seems like I don't need them this time. ☹ I really don't get this. The 10.4 NIC is still nowhere in the RRAS routing table, but I can see that it is assymetrical traffic. So for now I have given up on using the clients for VNC and instead VNC into the server and then from that to the 10.x devices. At least that way I will keep the bulletproff failsafe in the totally static 10.x network for my automation. I am going to find out how to avoid this in a Windows Server forum. Thanks for the patience, I'll put on my flame retardant raincoat and you now get to say "I told you so".

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    If your 192.168.1 is only transit, and your server has connection to it and its .0 network behind it.. And this .0 network is not connected to anything else then its not possible for you to have asymmetrical traffic.

    How would traffic get to the 10 devices other then via pfsense connection?

    Do you have multiple layer 3 over the same layer 2 network? Ie do you have devices with different IPs plugged into the same dumb switch? And thinking they are on different networks?

  • That's the confusing thing. The only assymetric way I should be able to get from the clients on the 0 network would be through the going like this:

    Client...................RRAS server NIC...........Server NIC excluded from RAS -- -> --------------> -------------------> 192.168.10.x

    And that's what I don't understand. I think I'll have to get down to the technical room and go over the connections. I recently moved the server from one rack to another (I needed more space for the whole house audio amps, they got HOT because they were to close together, so I split the system over two racks) and it is possible that there is a wrongly plugged cable connecting the 1.x and the 10.x network, or perhaps even the 0.x and the 10.x network. That's the only think I can imagine. That would be a lot of hours wasted on a network cable...

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Your server is multihomed - it has a connection in the 10.. As I stated doing such a thing leads to problems - especially if you do not fully understand how the protocol works and will not be coming to a device on the 10 from another direction.

    You do understand that if its directly connected then there is a ROUTE!!!!

    You hit the server and tell the server hey, send this to 192.168.10.X

    Server - sure directly connected to that network, and hey I arp for X and its here on this network... Let me throw that SYN out to it for you..

    10.X sees that SYN from Say hey yeah I listen on that 5900 port, let me move that traffic up the stack for you hey... Hey it says yeah lets talk,, he sent me this syn,ack he wants me to send back to you.. Oh lets see hmmm I don't know how to get there.. Let me send that to my friendly default gateway pfsense at - he will know how to get it to the 0 network..

    Pfsense - says sees the SA... Sorry bud NO state.. Dropped!!!

  • I do know that. And I too think that's what happening. The thing is that what's a route locally on the server and what's a route on Routing and Remote Access, dealt out to the clients of the server, at least in theory should be two different things. That's why there are totally different route tables for RRAS and Route print on a server. So the clients shouldn't even be able to go through the 10.4 NIC as long as that's blocked in RRAS.

    But I will check the cabling, and I'll see if I can find out if RRAS routes and local server routes are to be totally separate, and that it may be a configuration mistake on my server. I have put in a question about that on a server forum. This is something new for me, even after almost 20 years of running "indows server (from 2000 Advanced Server) at my home and my cabin.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Dude we stopped using RRAS like 20 some years ago... I have supported "server" since NT 3.51 days... Got my MCSE back on NT 4 and 2k..

    There are much easier ways to route traffic then using windows that is for damn sure.. For starters your using one - pfsense..

    Not sure what you think putting device behind windows is getting you other then more complexity?

  • Somebody forgot to tell Micro$ft and some tens of milliones customers about that... 😁 My server is a combination of RRAS, DHCP, DNS, VM host, storage host, media host, media server and several special programs for work and automation that can't run on anything but a physical Windows computer. If I didn't do it this way, I'd have to use at least three boxes.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Sorry I have been supporting 100's if not 1000's of customers over the years.. NOBODY still uses RRAS but the smallest of smallest SMBs -- sorry nobody uses it in real networking ;)

    All of those services for sure can run on your windows Box.. Just that there is ZERO use for it to be doing RRAS..

  • I know you are as superior in this as I probably am to you (and to Google Translate!) in English to Norwegian translations (which is my job). 😂 But this small SMB still use it. Of course there's a lot of the old "since I have been using this with almost no problems for 20 years, there's no need to start learning something completely different". Also I have been running M0n0wall before pfSense since forever, so I have never been hacked either.

    This stuff is the first real problem I've had for as long as I can remember, so it has been very low maintainance for me. So I figure it's worth seeing if I can find out anything on the server forum. If not I can probably live with using VNC indirectly.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    @mastiff said in How do I allow VNC from one subnet to another?:

    If not I can probably live with using VNC indirectly.

    That is just moronic to be honest.. Fix your ASYMMETRICAL routing... Why is this server even multi homed?

  • As I said before in another thread, where I managed to get fixed the then problem (slow to stopping file transfers), to isolate Airplay and automation devices completely from the 0 network while keeping them directly connected to the server for 100 % stable access no matter what goes down, as long as it isn't the server itself (which honestly doesn't happen with Windows Servers without a serious hardware problem since Windows Server 2003 R2 in 2005). And the Airplay devices can't be isolated from the client network if I use the addon to send Airplay from the 192.168.1.x segment to the 10.x segment. As for moronic, probably. But as long as it doesn't give me practical problems, I'm good with it. Just like my Honda Blackbird still does 200+ mph and 0-60 in less than 2.5 seconds even if there are a few scratches on it.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    So your multihoming incase your ROUTER goes down pfsense?? So your issues is 110% self inflicted nonsense then... If your that worried about router going down.

    I take it all your switches that connect everything are dual with multiple power supplies and every client has 2 connections?

    If your worried about your router/firewall going down then run it HA...

  • As I said that's half of it, the other half is the Airplay thing. probably more than haf, 2/3 isolation and 1/3 safeguard.

    The PI clients have both wifi and wired connection, yes. And no, it isn't just the router, there are some dumb switches that do not have a UPS setup (my server and main setup has a dual car battery setup for 8 hour UPS) that connects the Pis to the main technical room. And they are spread out because this house has some brick walls that blocks 433 mHz signals.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    You bring up security and then you multihome a server - which bypasses all firewalls and is HUGE SECURITY issue!!!

  • Oh, not at all! The 10.x segment I'm multihoming is coming directly FROM the pfSense firewall, and it's blocked for the Internet except for one port, SMTP (sending warning mails if someting stalls). The only possible vector is the wifi, and that has a very long passphrase in Norwegian that isn't possible to do wit brute force for a few million years. So yeah, there is the WPA-2 vulnerability, but they would have to be very close to the house to access, and my mastiff would probably start barking then.

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