Cisco R180w

Posted on 2014-02-27
Last Modified: 2014-03-05
I have two remote small offices with Cisco R180w using VPN tunnel to a netgear FVS318G.  I cannot get DNS to work  from these remote offices to our corporate.  The VPN connection has been working fine and i am able to do everything by ip address.  Can someone explain how to pass DNS traffic over the VPN tunnel to our DNS server?  I do not have an opportunity to put dns servers in the remote offices since they only have 2 to 3 computers and VPN has worked fine.

I have access rules for dns from LAN to WAN setup on the Cisco and Lan to Wan from netgear box.

cisco lan is
Action:Lan to Wan                               
Source IP: ANY       
Destination IP: (dns server IP)       
gateway:public ip for tunnel

Netgear lan

destination IP:
gateway:public ip for tunnel


Question by:M Roe
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

John Hurst earned 500 total points
ID: 39891891
I do not have an opportunity to put DNS servers in the remote offices

Then try putting an appropriate entry in your local HOSTS file (each of the small number of computers). You know the VPN works and traffic flows by using IP address.  

Make an entry in HOSTS that looks like  Servername   # for remote server.

You need to make the entry fit your circumstances and you need to be administrator to change the HOSTS file.

Author Comment

by:M Roe
ID: 39892526
Can i do a host file through Group Policy to all computers
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 39893086
I don't think so. I think you need to set for each computer.

Author Closing Comment

by:M Roe
ID: 39907407
Worked great.  Remotely added to computers and works fine.
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 39907449
@M Roe - Thank you and I was happy to help.

Featured Post

Forrester Webinar: xMatters Delivers 261% ROI

Guest speaker Dean Davison, Forrester Principal Consultant, explains how a Fortune 500 communication company using xMatters found these results: Achieved a 261% ROI, Experienced $753,280 in net present value benefits over 3 years and Reduced MTTR by 91% for tier 1 incidents.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
what is mstp 6 83
DNS server pulling non-authorative answer 3 47
Decommissioning DNS server question 3 59
Migrating to Exchange 2016 - AD/DNS question 8 64
I will assume you are running a non-server version of some sort of Windows throughout this article. There are many flavors of Windows since Windows Server 2000 - 2008, XP Home & Pro, Vista Home & Pro, and Windows 7 Starter, Home, Pro, Ultimate, etc.…
One of the most often confused topics in the area DNS is the idea of GLUE records. Specifically, what they are, when they are needed, when they are provided, and how they are created. First, WHAT IS GLUE? To understand GLUE, you must first under…
Viewers will learn how to properly install and use Secure Shell (SSH) to work on projects or homework remotely. Download Secure Shell: Follow basic installation instructions: Open Secure Shell and use "Quick Connect" to enter credentials includi…
After creating this article (, I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…

738 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question