I recently needed to provide internal access to a DMZ Vlan at one of my remote sites over a VPN tunnel. The VPN tunnel was provided by 2 Cisco ASA 5505 firewalls both running ASA software versions more recent than 8.4. The LAN subnets in this example can be defined as follows:
Main Office Subnet: 10.0.10.0/24
Remote Office Subnet: 10.0.20.0/24
Remote Office DMZ Subnet: 192.168.20.0/24
This article assumes that you already have the site to site VPN tunnel set up between the main office (10.0.10.0/24) subnet and the remote office (10.0.20.0/24) subnet, and that you have already created a network object for your main office subnet called main-office-lan, and for your remote office subnet called remote-office-lan on both ASAs. It also assumes that your DMZ interface on the remote ASA is called ‘dmz‘, and that you have an ACL defining interesting VPN traffic called main-remote-vpn on both ASAs.
Firstly create a network object for the remote office DMZ on both the main office and remote office ASAs. In configuration mode add the following two commands
object network remote-office-dmz
subnet 192.168.20.0 255.255.255.0
Next create a network object group for the 2 subnets at your remote site on both the main office and remote office ASAs
object-group network remote-office-networks
network-object object remote-office-lan
network-object object remote-office-dmz
Next, on the remote office ASA exempt traffic from the remote office DMZ subnet, to main office subnet from Network Address Translation (NAT) on the outside interface. i.e. traffic that will be travelling from the 192.168.20.0/24 to the 10.0.10.0/24 subnet over the VPN tunnel. In configuration mode add the following command:
nat (dmz,outside) source static remote-office-dmz remote-office-dmz destination static main-office-lan main-office-lan
Then on the remote office ASA change the ACL that defines interesting traffic for your site to site vpn tunnel (in this case called main-remote-vpn) to include the the dmz subnet, by using the network object group that you created earlier:
access-list main-remote-vpn extended permit ip object-group remote-office-networks object main-office-lan
Next you need to modify the configuration of the main office ASA to exempt traffic travelling over the VPN tunnel to the remote office DMZ from NAT, and also add the remote office subnet to the ACL that defines interesting traffic for your site to site VPN tunnel:
Modify the NAT rule on the main office ASA in config mode:
nat (inside,outside) source static main-office-lan main-office-lan destination static remote-office-networks remote-office-networks
Then modify the ACL that defines your site to site VPN traffic in config mode:
access-list main-remote-vpn extended permit ip object main-office-lan object-group remote-office-networks
Thats it, you should now be able to connect to hosts in the DMZ at you remote site over your site to site VPN connection. If you have multiple site to site VPNs from your main office network you may need to tweak this config , but the theory is the same.
PLEASE NOTE: This configuration will allow hosts in the DMZ at your remote site to connect to any hosts in your main office network! Clearly in most cases this will not be desirable, unless the additional remote Vlan is not a DMZ and performs some other function, which is not exposed directly to the Internet (which was the situation in my case). In any event you may wish to use VPN filters to restrict traffic from the remote DMZ Vlan to your main office, or by disabling sysopt connection permit-vpn using the no sysopt connection permit-vpn command and applying ACLs to your outside interface. Excercise caution when applying either of these types of filtering to make sure you don’t restrict yourself from the site to site VPN tunnel.