The server is connected to an internal network, 192.168.1.0/24. When the VPN link is establiished, the vpn network of 10.10.10.0/24 will be established and the server will get the ip address of 10.10.10.1, while connecting clients will get different addresses from the vpn's address pool. Now if you've followed my previous openvpn setup, the remote client would only be able to communicate with that server. However many businesses require that remote vpn users have access to the entire subnet's resources. As you will see, upgrading to this setup is quite simple.
Here are the client and server configs:
server 10.10.10.0 255.255.255.0
push "route 192.168.1.0 255.255.255.0"
keepalive 10 120
clientThings to note:
remote 184.108.40.206 1194
The "daemon" directive tells openvpn to run in the background and send all output and error messages to a syslog file such as /var/log/syslog or /var/log/messages.
Including the "server 10.10.10.0 255.255.255.0" setting defines the vpn address pool. The first address, 10.10.10.1, will be assigned to the vpn server's tun interface.
The ifconfig-pool-persist ipp.txt
The "nobind" directive in the client config simply tells the client to not bind to any address and port. This directive is only suitable for clients.
Very Important things to note:
If you were to use the sample configuration files above as is, you will only have proper communication to the server, but not the subnet behind the server. This is what happens if vpn client 10.10.10.2 tried to ping 192.168.1.100; Since the clients will now have a route added for the 192.168.1.0/24 network, the ping packet will get sent over the vpn tunnel. The server already has a route to the internal network so the packet will be routed, ONLY if after setting up forwarding :). In linux you do this by typing the following in a terminal: "echo "1" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward". This turns your machine into a basic router. Without this, your machine will drop all packets that aern't ment for itself. So assuming we have forwarding in place, our inital ping packet will get forwarded to the internal host. Now we run into more problems.
The internal host will recieve the packet but since it doesn't have a route for the vpn client's network (10.10.10.0/24), it will send its response to its default gateway ( routers in most cases), then the router will consult its internal routing table and learn that it has no route for that network then forward the packet to its default gateway, and so on until the packet is dropped. Note that addresses such as 192.168.0.0 and 10.0.0.0 are dropped by routers on the internet as they are flagged as non-route-able addresses.
The solution to this is to add a route to the default gateway. For me, this would be the router, so i would log onto the routers web interface and goto the routing settings and add a maunal route for the 10.10.10.0/24 network to forward packets to the vpn server, 192.168.1.1.
Now, instead of our router forwarding the packets on the internet (where they will eventually be dropped), since we have an entry for the 10.10.10.0/24 network in the gateways routing table, the packets will be forwarded to the vpn server. Again, we run into another problem, NAT. I suggest that you read up on NAT (network address translation), as it can be quite a challenge to define its purpose and what it is. Therefore i will leave that up to you and your googling skills.
However, the solution to the NAT problem takes only one command on the linux terminal:
"iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s 10.10.10.0/24 -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE"
Now everything should be up and working. Remote vpn clients should now be able to communicate successfully with the other hosts on the servers internal network. Try pinging the other hosts to verify connectivity and if all is well, tap yourself on the shoulder.