NAT Hairpin Cisco IOS to access webserver on FQDN from LAN.


Hope someone can help, I'm trying to setup NAT hairpinning on Cisco IOS version 15.4

The end users want to be able to access the web server hosted on their LAN using the public IP/FQDN.

Current static NAT rules

ip nat inside source static tcp <internalWebserverIP> 25 <PublicwebserverIP> 25 extendable
ip nat inside source static tcp <internalWebserverIP>80 <PublicwebserverIP> 80 extendable
ip nat inside source static tcp <internalWebserverIP> 443 <PublicwebserverIP> 443 extendable

Any help would be appreciated.

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Jody LemoineNetwork ArchitectCommented:
If you use NAT Virtual Interface (NVI) on your router rather than traditional NAT, hairpinning will work.

Just replace all of your "ip nat inside" and "ip nat outside" commands on your interfaces with "ip nat enable" and the replace your global "ip nat inside source" commands with "ip nat source" ones to use the NVI method.

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