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Tag: Network

Open a Windows Port to your local network

Or: “Setting a portproxy”, or: “i need an easy tool to manage my portproxies”

So, i’ve been developing a web app and wanted to use a second computer for debugging in chrome, mainly because i don’t have a second screen and i figured a tablet floating next to my display would suffice.

I broke a lot of network settings and enabled a lot of firewall rules trying to connect to a port on my host pc from the tablet, nothing worked and i really got frustrated.

A good friend of mine was kind enough to point me to “netsh interface portproxy” and the possibility to set portproxies in windows to forward connections from and to my apps.

Trying out a lot of combinations i cluttered my portproxies and had to figure out how to delete them one-by-one.

It turned out that it’s pretty easy to just set up a portproxy for the same external and internal port and the local network:

netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=[YOUR-PORT] listenaddress=0.0.0.0 connectport=[YOUR-PORT] connectaddress=127.0.0.1

Now, i’m a pretty lazy person when it comes to tedious-typing tasks in the command-line and i really didn’t want to delete the 10 broken portproxies created while trying out different things with the netsh interface portproxy add command.

So i went ahead and wrote a small powershell script that helps me keep oversight of my setup and enables me to easily delete and create new portproxies.
It’s far from perfect, but it’s easy to use, reliable enough and you can upload it to github.

Write-Host THIS SCRIPT WILL ONLY WORK IF YOU RUN IT WITH ELEVATED PRIVILEGUES!
Write-Host List of set proxies:
Write-Host ####################
netsh interface portproxy show v4tov4
Write-Host ####################
$rord = Read-Host -Prompt 'Do you want to create a new proxy (1) or delete a proxy (2)'
if($rord -eq 1)
{
Write-Host [1] Create PortProxy
$local = Read-Host -Prompt 'Do you want to open a port to the local network? (listenaddr 0.0.0.0, connectaddr 127.0.0.1, same listen and connect port), type (yes)'
if($local -eq 'yes')
{
Write-Host [YES] Opening port to local network, set listenaddr = 0.0.0.0, connectaddr 127.0.0.1
$port = Read-Host -Prompt 'Please input the port that you want to open to the network'
netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=$port listenaddress=0.0.0.0 connectport=$port connectaddress=127.0.0.1
Write-Host 'Done, press any key to exit'
pause
exit
}
Write-Host [NO] Opening port with full manual settings, you will need to enter the listen port, listen addr, connect port and connect addr.
$lport = Read-Host -Prompt 'Input port to listen to'
$laddr = Read-Host -Prompt 'Input address to listen to'
$cport = Read-Host -Prompt 'Input port to connect to'
$caddr = Read-Host -Prompt 'Input address to connect to'
netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=$lport listenaddress=$laddr connectport=$cport connectaddress=$caddr
Write-Host 'Done, press any key to exit'
pause
exit
}
if($rord -eq 2)
{
Write-Host To delete a portproxy, you will need to enter the listen port and listen address
$lp = Read-Host -Prompt 'Enter the port of the proxy you want to delete, you will enter the listenaddress in the next step'
$la = Read-Host -Prompt 'Enter the listenaddress of the proxy you want to delete'
netsh interface portproxy delete v4tov4 listenport=$lp listenaddr=$la
}
Write-Host Done
 pause
 exit

You’ll probably have to create a loop outside the script if you want to do more than one thing per session, this was enough for my use-case and i left it be.

Alternatively, i found “PortProxyGUI” from “zmjack” on github. It’s nice!

Edit:
Trouble running the script because execution of powershell scripts is disabled on your system?

Enjoy and have fun!

WSL2 Docker not talking to Windows Host

Or: “WSL2 Docker is not connecting to my Host!!!! HELP!”

In another post i already talked about a setup to get both Windows Host / Windows Host Docker and WSL Docker talking to each other.
The setup broke at some point and i figured out a pretty automated solution for this… for now, let’s hope it works after the next WSL or Docker update.

My solution was following Setup:

1- Start Docker in WSL automatically on BOOT

2- Wait a minute after Logon and start Docker Desktop (this post)

Prerequisites:
– Docker Desktop WSL Integration is turned off.
Docker on WSL has been detached from Docker Desktop for the Windows Host
– Docker Desktop Autostart is disabled

Now, assuming you followed part 1.
Let’s continue and create a file and paste this powershell script provided by StackOverflow User StingyJack (Thanks m8!).

In my case, the file is running in “C:/Sources/Scripts_Autostart” and is called “docker-restart.ps1”.

Write-Output "$((Get-Date).ToString("HH:mm:ss")) - Restarting docker"

foreach($svc in (Get-Service | Where-Object {$_.name -ilike "*docker*" -and $_.Status -ieq "Running"}))
{
    $svc | Stop-Service -ErrorAction Continue -Confirm:$false -Force
    $svc.WaitForStatus('Stopped','00:00:20')
}

Get-Process | Where-Object {$_.Name -ilike "*docker*"} | Stop-Process -ErrorAction Continue -Confirm:$false -Force

foreach($svc in (Get-Service | Where-Object {$_.name -ilike "*docker*" -and $_.Status -ieq "Stopped"} ))
{
    $svc | Start-Service 
    $svc.WaitForStatus('Running','00:00:20')
}

Write-Output "$((Get-Date).ToString("HH:mm:ss")) - Starting Docker Desktop"
& "C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Docker Desktop.exe"
$startTimeout = [DateTime]::Now.AddSeconds(90)
$timeoutHit = $true
while ((Get-Date) -le $startTimeout)
{

    Start-Sleep -Seconds 10
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Continue'
    try
    {
        $info = (docker info)
        Write-Verbose "$((Get-Date).ToString("HH:mm:ss")) - `tDocker info executed. Is Error?: $($info -ilike "*error*"). Result was: $info"

        if ($info -ilike "*error*")
        {
            Write-Verbose "$((Get-Date).ToString("HH:mm:ss")) - `tDocker info had an error. throwing..."
            throw "Error running info command $info"
        }
        $timeoutHit = $false
        break
    }
    catch 
    {

        if (($_ -ilike "*error during connect*") -or ($_ -ilike "*errors pretty printing info*")  -or ($_ -ilike "*Error running info command*"))
        {
            Write-Output "$((Get-Date).ToString("HH:mm:ss")) -`t Docker Desktop startup not yet completed, waiting and checking again"
        }
        else
        {
            Write-Output "Unexpected Error: `n $_"
            return
        }
    }
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
}
if ($timeoutHit -eq $true)
{
    throw "Timeout hit waiting for docker to startup"
}

Write-Output "$((Get-Date).ToString("HH:mm:ss")) - Docker restarted"

Next up: Open Task Scheduler and create a new Basic Task

Name it like you want, i chose “Start Docker Desktop after WSL Docker”.
Next, then select “When i log on”

Next: set “Program/Script” to Powershell
Then set argument to

-windowstyle hidden -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -file C:\Sources\Scripts_Autorun\docker-restart.ps1

Of course you will choose the folder where you put the script.
don’t forget to add quotations if your path contains spaces!

Click next and after finishing the setup open the Task back up again. (Edit properties)

In the General Tab set “Run only when user is logged on” and “Run on highest privilegues”

Open the Trigger in the “Triggers” tab and set a Delay for 1 minute.

That’s it!
Have, of course you will have to chill about a minute or two after rebooting your pc.
If you’re faster than your scripts, this won’t work.
You might also want to adjust the delay time for the script for part 1. and 2.

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