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RE: [Openvpn-users] Routing problems

  • Subject: RE: [Openvpn-users] Routing problems
  • From: Mathias Sundman <mathias@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 09:51:59 +0100 (CET)

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005, Pascal Deliot wrote:

Hi all,

I think you should try to not change the default gateway for you windows boxes. I mean that you should have only one default gateway for one computer, and most of the time used for internet connection. Then if you put the default gateway on your windows box to your private network, then the computer lost the way thrue internet to the openvpn server. You must add a (or some) valid routes to your private network and do not override the default gateway of your openvpn client. I think this will be a better way doing the things.

It's perfectly okay to replace the default gateway like Andrew tried to do, as long as you add a host route to the openvpn server through the real gateway.

The benefit of this is that all traffic then goes through the office, so it looks more like "beeing at the office".

Because of the problems Andrew described, the --redirect-gateway option was added in OpenVPN to handle this automatically.

I also prefer using the "def1" parameter of --redirect-gateway, which uses the trick of adding two new routes, and instead of replacing the old default gateway. It also has the effect that all traffic is routed through OpenVPN, but you don't have to delete and re-instert the real default gw.

Even though I havn't verified it, I'm a fraid that a DHCP-renew could reinsert the old default gateway while you're connected. If you use 'def1', you're not affected by that as the /1 routes always take precedance over the /0 route.

James, is there any drawback of using the 'def1' parameter, or why don't we make this behaviour the default for --redirect-gateway?


De : openvpn-users-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:openvpn-users-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] De la part de Andrew Alston
Envoyé : jeudi 20 janvier 2005 08:14
À : openvpn-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Objet : [Openvpn-users] Routing problems

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone can help me out. Im currently running a FreeBSD openvpn server at work and OpenVPN clients on various windows boxes on the outside. Im using the dev tun mode, and all works fine, the tunnel comes up, etc etc

The problem is this, when I push the default gateway to the windows boxes, the boxes recieve the default gateway and promptly lose connection to the vpn server unless I have first manually added a route for the vpn server box out of the window boxes original default gateway. This is a real pain as these are adsl links and the default gateways before establishing the vpns change all the time, so before I establish the vpn on the windows boxes I have to do a netstat -nr, then a route add vpnserver <gateway> with the gateway being the boxes current default gateway, I then establish the vpn link and the default route changes and all works.

Dont add the manual static route first the box forgets how to connect to the vpn server and everything dies horribly.

Is there any way I can automate the addition of that static route to a dynamic gateway like that?



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