KB ID 0001716
If you have a host that you want to be able to access from the outside of the firewall e.g. a webserver then this is the process you want to carry out. I didn’t find this process particularly intuitive and it highlighted why I don’t like GUI management interfaces, (in 6.4 the menu names have changed, this rendering a million blog pages inaccurate!)
I’m setting this up in EVE-NG on the work bench and this is what I’m trying to achieve;
So to access my web server from ‘outside‘ the firewall I need to give it a NATTED ‘public‘ address on 192.168.100.0/24. Here the server is on the LAN if yours is in a DMZ then substitute the DMZ interface for the inside one I’m using.
First task is to create a ‘Virtual IP‘, this will be the ‘public IP‘ that the web server will use. From the management interface > Policy and Objects > Virtual IPs > Create New > Virtual IP
‘Give it a sensible name, and add a comment if you wish > Set the interface to the public facing port > Type, set to ‘Static NAT‘ > External IP, (although it says range just type in the single public IP) > Internal IP = Enter the LAN IP > OK.
Firewall Policy > Create New.
Note: If your firewall is older then 6.4 the tab is called ‘IPv4 Policy‘
Give the entry a name > Incoming interface = the public interface > Outgoing Interface = the inside/LAN interface > Source = ALL > Destination = SET TO YOUR VIRTUAL IP > Schedule = Always > Service = ALL (though you can of course select http and or https in production) > DISABLE NAT. (Trust me I know that makes no sense) > OK.
Just to prove this is not all ‘Smoke and Mirrors‘ here’s my topology running in EVE-NG, and my external host (Named: Public-Client) Browsing to 192.168.100.110, and the Fortigate translates that to 192.168.1.123