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Windows 7: Port Forwarding query -- accessing Server from Internet

09 Apr 2011   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Port Forwarding query -- accessing Server from Internet

Hi all

I have a Server connected to a fixed IP on local LAN say

Now I just want to use some client software REMOTELY (outside the LAN) which simply requires me to type in IP address + user / password.

Now if my Router reports my current IP address as is THAT the address I should use and do I need to port forward anything -- The application is Vsphere NOT RDP as RDP needs me to connect to a WINDOWS machine (Real or VM inside tha LAN).

On the server I can access ANY of the running VM's from the Vpshere client.

I've actually "Poodlefaked" it so I can get my INTERNET IP address by starting the No-IP program from within any of the VMs at start up. This should allow mw to retrieve the current Internet IP address.

(No-IP - Dynamic DNS, Static DNS for Your Dynamic IP)

The No-IP works fine for me --there are others you can use for similar functions when you have dynamic IP's.


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09 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

Yes you need to type in your public IP address. the one the WAN port on your router gets from your ISP.
You also need to forward the port/s used by that program to the private IP address of the PC you want to connect to on your LAN.
If your router also has a REAL firewall you may also need to create a firewall rule to allow the connection WAN to LAN on that/those port/s that program uses.

Problem is if you don't have a Static public/WAN IP address it will change. Making getting to your server impossible.
If that is the case then you need an account with DDNS that keeps track of your public/WAN IP and you use a domain name instead of an IP address to make the connection. DDNS does all the lookup for domain name to IP address once it has a record of the WAN IP changing.

I see you know about all the dynamic services. Yes you need one of those if you don't have a static WAN IP.
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