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How to connect to my PIX 501 and use Windows Remote Desktop?

I run a windows server 2003 standard sp3 dell poweredge sc440 server, with Active Directory Domain Services and it is connected to the internet and network through Verizon DSL modem (without Routing Capabilities), Cisco Pix 501 firewall, Cisco Catalyst 2950 24-port Switch. i Believe the server is running RAS and Possibly Terminal Services. I know the IP address, and the windows and cisco firewall(s) both have port 3389 open. the configuration is correct as it was setup by an IT pro. but i had to reinstall my laptop, and now i have lost remote access and i do not know what information i need in order to connect to the server. i have administrator password for the server and acces to the server and firewall/switch through telnet. i dont know how to get to the pdm either. can someone explain what information i must use to open pdm and also what info i need to open/use remote desktop. the server is running dhcp services if that helps any. i also installed cisco vpn client on the laptop but it is unconfigured. someone said i need a radius/tac to use vpn... i dont have the slightest idea what a tac is but i know radius is a sort or tunnel encryption, and i dont know where i can find my radius info.
here is the firewall config data

PIX Version 6.3(1)
interface ethernet0 10full
interface ethernet1 100full
nameif ethernet0 outside security0
nameif ethernet1 inside security100
enable password *x*x*x*x*x*x encrypted
passwd *x*x*x*x*x*X encrypted
hostname BronxFW
fixup protocol ftp 21
fixup protocol h323 h225 1720
fixup protocol h323 ras 1718-1719
fixup protocol http 80
fixup protocol ils 389
fixup protocol rsh 514
fixup protocol rtsp 554
fixup protocol sip 5060
fixup protocol sip udp 5060
fixup protocol skinny 2000
fixup protocol smtp 25
fixup protocol sqlnet 1521


object-group service RemoteAccess tcp
port-object eq 3389
port-object eq ssh
access-list 101 permit ip
access-list 101 permit ip
access-list 100 permit ip
access-list 102 permit tcp any interface outside object-group RemoteAccess
access-list 102 permit icmp any any
access-list 105 permit ip
pager lines 24
logging on
logging timestamp
logging console debugging
logging buffered debugging
mtu outside 1500
mtu inside 1500
ip address outside
ip address inside
ip audit info action alarm
ip audit attack action alarm
ip local pool test
ip local pool Group1
pdm location outside
pdm location inside

pdm logging informational 100
pdm history enable
arp timeout 14400
global (outside) 1 interface
nat (inside) 0 access-list 101
nat (inside) 1 0 0
static (inside,outside) tcp interface 3389 3389 netmask 0 0
access-group 102 in interface outside
route outside 1
timeout xlate 0:05:00
timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 rpc 0:10:00 h225 1:00:00
timeout h323 0:05:00 mgcp 0:05:00 sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00
timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute
aaa-server TACACS+ protocol tacacs+
aaa-server RADIUS protocol radius
aaa-server LOCAL protocol local
no snmp-server location
no snmp-server contact
snmp-server community dml
no snmp-server enable traps
floodguard enable
sysopt connection permit-ipsec
sysopt connection permit-pptp

crypto ipsec transform-set myset esp-des esp-md5-hmac

crypto dynamic-map dynmap 20 set transform-set myset

crypto map vpn 10 ipsec-isakmp
crypto map vpn 10 match address 100
crypto map vpn 10 set peer
crypto map vpn 10 set transform-set myset
crypto map vpn 20 ipsec-isakmp dynamic dynmap

crypto map vpn client configuration address initiate

crypto map vpn client configuration address respond

crypto map vpn interface outside
isakmp enable outside
isakmp key amadeus address netmask
isakmp identity address
isakmp policy 20 authentication pre-share
isakmp policy 20 encryption des
isakmp policy 20 hash md5
isakmp policy 20 group 2
isakmp policy 20 lifetime 86400
vpngroup vpndml address-pool test
vpngroup vpndml dns-server
vpngroup vpndml split-tunnel 101
vpngroup vpndml idle-time 1800
vpngroup vpndml password *********
telnet inside
telnet inside
telnet timeout 5
ssh outside
ssh inside
ssh timeout 5
console timeout 0
vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP accept dialin pptp

vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP ppp authentication pap

vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP ppp authentication chap

vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP ppp authentication mschap

vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP ppp encryption mppe 40

vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP client configuration address local Group1
vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP client configuration dns
vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP pptp echo 60
vpdn group PPTP-VPDN-GROUP client authentication local
vpdn username vpn1 password test
vpdn enable outside
vpdn enable inside
dhcpd dns
dhcpd lease 3600
dhcpd auto_config outside
terminal width 80
Cryptochecksum: *********

please don't hack my server, I will lose my Job! lol

Posted by Anonymous on

  • Gopi Venkatesan
    Gopi Venkatesan May 11, 2010

    1. Before formatting what was the ip address given to your laptop, and now what is the ip address you are using.

    2. Earlier you were able to take PDM Access or not?

    3. TACACAS - Terminal Access Control Access Control Server which is an alternate protocol for RADIUS

  • Mark Carnahan May 11, 2010

    Let me clear up a few things...

    1) You don't need RADIUS or TACACS+ in order to use the VPN. RADIUS stands for Remote Authentication Dial In User Service and is simply used to authenticate remote connections. It is also often used to authenticate network access at the switch level. TACACS+ or tac as you referred to it is an authorization and accounting protocol/server for controlling who can enter what commands on a network device.

    From the config you posted it doesn't appear as if either RADIUS or TACACS+ is configured. But that's okay because you can use the Local user database on the PIX to authenicate the VPN.

    2) It looks as though the http server is not running on the PIX. Go ahead and access the PIX either through telnet or SSH and enter the following:

    enable (you'll be prompted for the enable password)

    conf t

    http server enable

    http inside


    copy run start

    Now from a computer on the inside of the network, open up a browser and enter the ip address of the inside interface on the PIX ( That should give you access to PDM on the inside interface.

    If you are trying to open PDM on the Outside interface, first off, I wouldn't advise it, but it can be done by adding the following command.

    http outside

    3) I'm not sure how you used to connect to the remote desktop, but I'm guessing that you would connect to the VPN and then launch and RDP session. Is that correct?

    If so, I think you would need to enter into the address field of the RDP Client. Otherwise, you would just need to enter the actual address of the server, but it appears as though there is a static nat configured and the address listed above is linked to the server.

    4) The VPN client's configuration is going to be a little more tricky as you'll need to have the password for the vpn client group.

    Right now it looks like the vpn clients group name is: PPTP-VPDN-GROUP but the password is hidden for obvious reasons. However it looks as though the username is vpn1 and the password is test. For the host ip address you would need to put in the outside interfaces ip address which is

    This probably won't fix all the problems, but should get you a step closer. Repost and let me know if you need any other help.



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Here's a real simple problem to your remote access problems.
Go to:
Sign up for a free acct, download/install their free software on your Server.
Now go over to your laptop, login to your new logmein acct.
In the next page, you'll see your Server listed. Click on it - follow instructions to connect.
This will tunnel through whatever stuff you have on your network!
Trust me - esp. in your scenario, this is *by far* the *simplest remote connect you'll ever perform! And it just .... works! Everytime.


Posted on Mar 21, 2009

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    Please explain why you rated my answer re: to your remote access problem as inappropriate? Wasn't the bottom line to connect to your server via your laptop? I believe that is (but one of the many) logmein was designed to do!
    Please let me know. Thanx.



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