[ale] [OT] Inbound web access using pfSense

Jim Kinney jim.kinney at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 07:20:41 EDT 2020

I don't think pfsense will handle the /xyz->/abc layer. That's just for the ngnx proxy.

On June 28, 2020 1:00:54 AM EDT, Jeff Hubbs via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>Now that I've got a static IP (just one) I'm starting to work on
>my own web servers and the first thing I'm trying to do is make a nginx
>and Apache Guacamole rig export Windows Server Remote Desktop sessions 
>via HTML5 (that's the Guacamole part) out to people who come in with a 
>URL I give them. I do not yet have internet DNS involved so the URL I 
>plan to give to one person I want to demonstrate the capability to will
>have the form https://<internet_ip_address>/abcd.
>I have all this set up behind a pfSense machine. From behind the
>machine, I can point a browser to a URL in the form of 
>http://<nginx-guac_machine_ip_address>/wxyz, log in to Guacamole, and I
>get an RDP session on the adjacent Windows server painted in the
>window. In fact, I've got nginx where if I start the URL with http: it 
>will "auto-escalate" to https: using a self-signed certificate. What
>unclear about is what needs to happen in pfSense such that 1) someone 
>over the internet can come in at .../abcd as described above and
>will change that to .../wxyz and 2) the https escalation still gets
>I expect that I will be using the nginx-Guacamole server for other 
>internet-reachable services so I won't want to do anything that will 
>pave over that flexibility.
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