Question

OpenVPN Access Server droplet open port to client though vpn

I have created an OpenVPN server with the one-click droplet installation from the marketplace (without pihole).

My Windows client (172.27.232.2) is connected to the OpenVPN server (188.x.x.x). On the Windows client, I have opened port 8080, and I can telnet to 172.27.232.2 on port 8080.

Now I have to setup my OpenVPN server, to forward port 8080 to my Windows client, so that if people connect to 188.x.x.x:8080 they will connect to my Windows client.

I have no experience with Ubuntu/Linux distibution, so I tried to follow some steps from this tutorial: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/how-to-setup-port-forwarding-after-enabling-openvpn-droplet

Basically what I did on the OpenVPN server is this:

iptables --table filter --list INPUT --line-numbers

iptables --table filter --insert INPUT 6 --protocol tcp --dport 8080 --jump ACCEPT

iptables --table filter --list FORWARD --line-numbers

iptables --table filter --insert FORWARD 3 --protocol tcp --destination 172.27.232.2 --jump ACCEPT

iptables --table nat --append PREROUTING --protocol tcp --dport 8080 --jump DNAT --to-destination 172.27.232.2:8080

iptables --table nat --list POSTROUTING --line-numbers

RESULT:

1 SNAT tcp – anywhere 10.0.0.33 tcp dpt:8080 to:188.x.x.x 2 AS0_NAT_POST_REL_EST all – anywhere anywhere state RELATED,ESTABLISHED 3 AS0_NAT_PRE all – anywhere anywhere mark match 0x2000000/0x2000000

To be honest, I have no idea what I just did, but the port is not open when I try to connect to 188.x.x.x:8080 and the result from iptables --table nat --list POSTROUTING --line-numbers seems like the 10.0.0.33 is wrong to me, but I have no idea what I did wrong or how to fix it.

Can someone please point me in the right direction. I have tried to find some other tutorials but it seems like I use the wrong terms to find it.

Thanks.


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