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Hyper-V Manager over VPN

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My computer is part of the domain and when in the office I use Hyper-V manager on my local machine (windows 10 pro) to manage our Hyper-V hosts.     However when I am working out of office in my home office I connect to the office using a VPN client.    And although I have access to the servers through Remote Desktop my local Hyper-V manager will not longer connect to the servers to manage the hosts.     The error is RPC server unavailable.   I have researched this error and have yet to find the solution.
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Casey WeaverManaged Services Windows Engineer III
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Is the VPN allowing all traffic, or could it be blocking RPC ports? Is there a firewall on the hosts themselves, and if there is, are they allowing whatever IP subnet your VPN is handing out to your system, to connect to RPC on the host?

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the VPN is allowing all traffic.    The firewalls were temporarily disabled to test if this was the issue and it was not.
Casey WeaverManaged Services Windows Engineer III
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Have you run wire shark or another packet capture to find where the traffic has been dropped? I've seen this happen because of a bad consumer network being used to remote to the host (RPC is sensitive). Without seeing a packet capture, my guess is the host is receiving your request, but doesn't know how to get RPC traffic back to you. Is there a route on the internal network to the VPN network? A packet capture should show you where the traffic is getting dropped.

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I can certainly do this and will but my assumption was since I can access and manage this server in all other aspects for example RDP then it was not a routing issue?
Casey WeaverManaged Services Windows Engineer III
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If the traffic is initiated from the laptop, a stateful firewall will allow the response from the server back through. However, such as with Hyper-V manager, when the response from the server comes from a different set of ports and is a different protocol all together (such as DCOM), then the firewall will block it as it appears as all together different traffic. Hyper-V manager isn't a simple send and reply command like opening a web page, there's a lot of traffic that gets initiated from both sides to run it.

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should I run wireshark from the client or server
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The error is RPC server unavailable.
That suggests that the ports are blocked.

It might be easier to use one of the servers you can reach as a jump server to access the other systems.  Run Remote Desktop through that.  The server should be able to connect to the server.

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There is a reason I do not want use RDP then access Hyper-V that is why I need to get this working.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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Use the FQDN while connected via VPN.

SERVER.DOMAIN.COM

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I am using the FQDN but thanks for the suggestion
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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1: Make sure the edge device on the corporate side is allowing packet flow for Hyper-V management to traverse.
2: Make sure the Windows Firewall on the Hyper-V server is not blocking incoming packets due to home subnet (Firewall on and Logging on to see).
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