Solved Access my Web Server on private network.

June 14, 2012 at 17:53:28
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I have a VPN with a number of servers where we are doing some software development.

We have a TFS, Web, App and SQL Server etc.. inside a private LAN which is accessible via VPN.

Nothing inside the private network can access outbound. However, I would like to open the Web Server on the private LAN to be able to be accessed via http(s). As we develop the software I want to access the site from the internet.

It's a fairly simple setup.

DSL > Modem > Home Lan. On the Home Lan I have a Server (2 ethernets) connected to the modem router and the other card to a hub. This server acts as the VPN server, DHCP etc.. for the Private LAN.

The web server I want to be able to access from outside is the one inside the private network.

Any recommendations?

fyi, I'm not a networking guy, I hacked my way through setting up the private network through a number of great YouTube videos, that saved me a lot of time. So, if I am lucky enough to get some solid advice here, please go easy on me, my network knowledge is somewhat limited but decent enough.

Thanks in advance.

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June 14, 2012 at 17:54:07
Wow, I forgot to mention.

All servers are Windows 2008 Standard, thanks

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June 15, 2012 at 07:15:41
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If the web server presently is only connected to the private LAN then there's really no way to access it from outside right now.

From the sounds of it, you have a "combo unit" between your LAN and the internet. Combo unit being a device that is a combination modem, router, and wireless access point. If this is correct (feel free to correct me if it's not, but do include the make/model of the device you're using), you'd have to connect the web server to that device in order to have external connectivity to it.

I would suggest you do the same thing you did with your other server, that is, use two network interfaces and have one connected to the private LAN, and the other to your external device.

Once you've done that, you can then put the web server in the DMZ, if your router has DMZ capability, to allow external access.

If your router doesn't do DMZ, you could create a port forward on the router to allow external access.

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