Pfsense & no-ip.com



  • Hi guys

    Trying to set up a lab environment for Microsoft certification, so I can remote from work to practice

    Have successfully set up pfsense so I can ping between domain controllers, and able to access the internet from my virtual server

    The setup consist of :

    i7 machine
    home router
    virtual pfsense router
    VM Workstation

    Can someone assist on how i can remote to my virtual server bypassing my home windows 7 using no-ip ?



  • @chiggah:

    Can someone assist on how i can remote to my virtual server bypassing my home windows 7 using no-ip ?

    "using no-ip" - I presume you mean your home network has a dynamic IP address which you want to register with the dynamic DNS service of no-ip.com.

    "bypassing my home Windows 7" - how does that come into the picture? Does it host the virtual server?

    "remote to my virtual server" - what services do you want to access on the server? are you wanting to access more than one system on the home network?

    Your "home router" - is it a modem only or router?



  • @wallabybob:

    @chiggah:

    Can someone assist on how i can remote to my virtual server bypassing my home windows 7 using no-ip ?

    "using no-ip" - I presume you mean your home network has a dynamic IP address which you want to register with the dynamic DNS service of no-ip.com.

    "bypassing my home Windows 7" - how does that come into the picture? Does it host the virtual server?

    "remote to my virtual server" - what services do you want to access on the server? are you wanting to access more than one system on the home network?

    Your "home router" - is it a modem only or router?

    yes my home computer hosts the virtual server

    just want to access one system on my home network which is just my machine

    my home router is a modem & router combination



  • Configuration MIGHT be somewhat easier if your modem-router can operate in bridge mode. I have tried to setup two different ADSL modem routers in bridge mode and failed to get it to work so used a modem instead. If you can get your modem to work in bridge mode then pretty all subsequent configuration will be done on pfSense. However getting your modem to operate in bridge mode could be a frustrating learning experience.

    I'll assume you will stick with the modem acting as a router.

    If your modem-router supports dynamic DNS registration to no-ip set that up, otherwise configure dynamic DNS in pfSense through Services -> Dynamic DNS/ Dynamic DNS setup on your modem-router is preferred since it can more closely track changes to your public IP address than pfSense can.

    You will need to configure your modem router to forward the required TCP (and UDP?) ports to the virtual server IP address and add a static route to the modem-router so it knows to get to your virtual server IP address through the IP address of the pfSense WAN interface.


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