Use a Protocol Tunnel Jump to Make a TCP Connection to a Remote System

Using a Protocol Tunnel Jump, make a TCP connection from your system to an endpoint on a remote network. Because the connection occurs through a Jumpoint, the administrator can control which users have access, when they have access, and if the sessions are recorded.

Create a Protocol Tunnel Jump Shortcut

Create Jump Shortcut

To create a Protocol Tunnel Jump Shortcut, click the Create button in the Jump interface. From the dropdown, select Protocol Tunnel Jump. Protocol Tunnel Jump shortcuts appear in the Jump interface along with Jump Clients and other types of Jump Item shortcuts.

Note: Protocol Tunnel Jump shortcuts are enabled only if their Jumpoint is configured for the Protocol Tunnel Jump method on the /login > Jump > Jumpoint page.

Create New Protocol Tunnel Jump Shortcut

Enter a Name for the Jump Item. This name identifies the item in the session tabs. This string has a maximum of 128 characters.

From the Jumpoint dropdown, select the network that hosts the computer you wish to access. Enter the Hostname / IP of the system you wish to access.

Specify a Local Address. The default address is 127.0.0.1. If you need to connect to multiple systems on the same remote port at the same time, you can enable that connection by changing each Protocol Tunnel Jump Shortcut's address to a different address within the 127.x.x.x subrange.

In Local Port, specify the port that will listen on the user's local system. If you leave this as automatic, the access console allocates a free port.

In Remote Port, specify the port to connect to on the remote system. This is dictated by the type of server you are connecting to.

You can define multiple pairs of TCP Tunnels as necessary for your setup.

Move Jump Items from one Jump Group to another using the Jump Group dropdown. The ability to move Jump Items to or from different Jump Groups depends upon your account permissions.

Further organize Jump Items by entering the name of a new or existing Tag. Even though the selected Jump Items are grouped together under the tag, they are still listed under the Jump Group in which each is pinned. To move a Jump Item back into its top-level Jump Group, leave this field blank.

Jump Items include a Comments field for a name or description, which makes sorting, searching, and identifying Jump Items faster and easier.

To set when users are allowed to access this Jump Item, if a notification of access should be sent, and/or if permission or a ticket ID from your external ticketing system is required to use this Jump Item, choose a Jump Policy. These policies are configured by your administrator in the /login interface.

Organize and manage existing Jump Items by selecting one or more Jump Items and clicking Properties.

Note: To view the properties of multiple Jump Items, the items selected must be all the same type (e.g., all Jump Clients, all Remote Jumps, etc.).To review properties of other types of Jump Items, please see the appropriate section in this guide.

Use a Protocol Tunnel Jump Shortcut

To use a Protocol Tunnel Jump shortcut to start a session, simply select the shortcut from the Jump interface and click the Jump button.

Protocol Tunneling

A session appears in your access console. Click the Protocol Tunneling button to establish the connection.

 

Confirm - Protocol Tunneling

If screen recording is enabled, a prompt appears, informing you that your desktop will be recorded. Click OK to continue. If you click Cancel, the Protocol Tunnel will not be created.

 

Protocol Tunneling in Progress

If screen recording is enabled, an indicator appears at the top of your session screen.

The Current Tunnels section displays current connections and their statuses. You also can view brief Network Statistics.

You can now open a third-party client to perform tasks on the remote system. Use the ports indicated to connect through the Jumpoint.

 

Stipulations to Correct Functioning

The Protocol Tunneling feature tunnels network traffic in a way that places some restrictions on how communication must occur between the user's system and the endpoint.

  • All traffic must be TCP.
  • No more than 256 simultaneous connections can be handled.
  • All TCP connections must originate from the endpoint and must be accepted by the listening user's system. The application's protocol cannot require that the user's system make a separate connection back to the endpoint.
  • Any TCP connections that the endpoint is to make back to the user's system must be made over tunnels already defined within the Protocol Tunnel Jump Item properties.
  • Operating systems typically disallow non-elevated processes from listening on ports less than 1024. Therefore, the local port must generally be greater than 1024. The endpoint software connects to the server by connecting to the local port on which the access console (a non-elevated process) is listening.
  • The endpoint software cannot make connections to any system on the remote network other than the one specified in the Protocol Tunnel Jump Item properties.
  • The protocol must be agnostic toward the hostname that the endpoint used to connect to the server. Otherwise, other means must be made to satisfy the protocol's requirements, such as mapping a hostname to 127.0.0.1 in the hosts file or applying special configuration to the endpoint client.
  • If the tunnel definition has a local port that is different than the remote port (namely, when the local port must be greater than 1024 because the server's port is less than 1024), the protocol must be agnostic toward the port that the endpoint client used to connect to the server.
  • Any protocol which goes beyond the case of making a single TCP connection from the endpoint client to the user's system requires the administrator's understanding their specific protocol and the stipulations listed above.