Accessing Internal Server via External Address



  • I have a quirky issue that may be caused by the fact that I am a novice regarding the PFSense firewall.

    In the setup that I have, there is a server that should be accessible both inside and outside my network.  External users can access the server via abc.domain.com; however, the operation times out when accessed by internal users.  The message received is the following:

    While trying to retrieve the URL: http://abc.domain.com

    The following error was encountered:

    Connection to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Failed
    The system returned:

    (60) Operation timed out

    I tried to ping and traceroute the domain from inside my network and it returns positive results.  Internal users can access the server by using the internal IP address.  However, using the external IP or the domain continues to offer no results.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  • Rebel Alliance Global Moderator

    Turn on NAT reflection if you want to access internal servers via port forwarding, form the inside using external IPs

    Or just have your clients resolve the external fqdn to internal IP via host over rides on pfsense or your other internal dns - this is the better option if you ask me.  There should not be a reason to bounce off your pfsense if your just accessing the server next to you.


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