Cannot Resolve / Access Local Servers via Domain Names
I am new to pfSense and could use some assistance / guidance on how to complete / fix my installation. Previously used DD-WRT.
I have a block of ( 5 ) static IP addresses provided by my ISP.
The problem that I am having and that I cannot seem to wrap my head around:
I cannot access my web sites hosted on my local network via their domain names from within my LAN.
I see options with in pfSense for:
SYSTEM|ADVANCED|FIREWALL and NAT|NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION|NAT Reflection
I have tried a few things with DNS Forwarding that (ALMOST SORT OF KIND OF WORKED BUT DIDN’T)
I feel like I am stumbling around in the dark and would really appreciate someone shinning a light on the solution.
(ALMOST SORT OF KIND OF WORKED BUT DIDN’T)
I enabled DNS FORWARD
Registered DHCP Lease
Registered DHCP Static
Host overrides for internal IP addresses of web servers and mail servers
On workstation I set DNS Server to 192.168.xxx.1
Search Domains: localdomain
On the servers I set resolve.conf to search localdomain
With this I was able to access my web sites and mail servers on the local network both from the LAN side as well as from the WAN side.
If I tried to access a PHP generated paged for the WAN side it would produce the following error:
exception 'HttpInvalidParamException' with message 'Empty or too short HTTP message: ''' in /var/www/vhosts/mysite.com/httpdocs/myapp/info.php:0
inner exception 'HttpRequestException' with message 'couldn't resolve host name; name lookup timed out (http://www.example.com)'
I am looking for a simple, safe and efficient solution.
I did not have this problem with DD-WRT so I am assuming it’s something that I am missing / not familiar with on pfSense.
Thanks for the anticipated assistance.