Create a Jump Box

Sometimes users may have VMs deployed in their Cloudspace outside of CONS3RT. To use CONS3RT Remote Access to connect to those VMs, you can deploy a Jump Box from CONS3RT.

Create your Jump Box Deployment

  • Create a System, with the following considerations:
    • Select the desired OS (Windows for RDP connections, or Linux for SSH or VNC)
    • At least 2 CPU and 4 GB RAM is recommended for Windows
    • Add Software Assets for useful tools you would like on your Jump Box (e.g. Notepad++, WinSCP, Firefox)
  • Create a Scenario
    • Add only your Jump Box system
    • No configuration scripts are required
  • Create a Deployment
    • Add only your Jump Box Scenario
    • No custom properties or Test Cases are required

Launch your Jump Box

  • From the main navigation menu, select Deployments
  • Select your Jump Box Deployment
  • Follow these instructions to Launch your Jump Box
  • You will receive an email when your Jump Box is ready

Connect to your Jump Box

  • From the main navigation menu, select Runs
  • If someone else launched the Jump Box, look for the Run under the Browse tab. Otherwise you should see it under My Runs
  • Select the Jump Box Run
  • Hover your mouse over the VM card, and select the Protocol to connect (RDP for Windows, SSH or VNC for Linux)

Windows Double Jump

  • On your Windows jump box, open the Remote Desktop Connection application
  • For "Computer", type in the IP address of the Windows VM that you would like to connect to, and click "Connect"
  • Type in the Username/Password of the VM to connect to
  • Enjoy Remote Access!

Troubleshooting Windows RDP Connections:

  • Ensure that Remote Desktop is enabled on the VM you are double-jumping to
  • Ensure that the VM's Firewall allows RDP on TCP port 3389
  • Ensure that the Windows User you are connecting as has been added to the Windows Remote Access Group. Some help: Windows 2008, Windows 2012
  • Ensure the IP address is accessible from the Jump Box, and that you are using the correct IP address / Network Interface

Linux Double Jump

  • On your Linux jump box, SSH to the Linux VM that you would like to jump to by IP address: $ ssh user@ipaddress
  • Enjoy Remote Access!

Troubleshooting Linux SSH Connections:

  • If you are attempting to log in as root, ensure that root SSH is enabled in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, or try a non-root user. (root SSH is disabled for STIG'ed OS's)
  • Ensure the Firewall is allowing Port 22
  • Ensure the IP address is accessible from the Jump Box, and that you are using the correct IP address / Network Interface