VPN Agent

This document provides basic information on VPN Agent, how to set it up and use it in your integration flow.

VPN Agent

The VPN Agent or the Agent is а VPN tunnel specifically configured to access any local resource in your local environment. It could be any local database or CRM to which you would rather restrict access from outside world but still need to query for a data.

When the Agent is configured the platform and your local resource communicate data using the secure VPN tunnel. All the processing is happening on platform side, your resource serves the role of data source or final destination of data depending on your use case.

How to setup

To setup the Agent you would need to fulfill the following preconditions:

  • You have a running local resource which has a local IP address and port. The IP address should not be 127.0.0.1 or instead be localhost. Please consult the documentation of your resource on how to configure it.
  • Working VPN client which accepts OpenVPN configurations.
  • Optionally: Administrative rights to configure the local network on your host machine in case you have non-standard setup.

Connecting to local database

As an example let us connect the locally running Mongo database with the platform. Let’s assume our local database is accessible on 192.168.1.7 address and 27017 port (standard MongoDB port).

Navigate to left-hand-side menu, Integrate > Agents and press on Create an Agent button if you don’t have any Agents or press on Create New Agent button to add new one.

You will get a new pop-up form to fill in the details. Note you can extend the form by selecting Create New Endpoint.

VPN Agent request form

Let us fill in the needed values:

  1. Give a proper name to remember what is it for. We will use MongoDB_local_com.
  2. Select from drop-down menu the connection protocol type TCP or UDP. We use TCP because we use MongoDB and it uses TCP protocol.
  3. Enter the IP address and the port. In our case we will add 192.168.1.7 and 27017.

VPN Agent request form filled

Click Save to save all entry values and submit to the system. After this the form will disappear and a new record appear in the page. Click on newly created record to see the details.

VPN Agent configuration details

Before going further save the address in Endpoint configuration to use in the credential configuration stage. In our case it is bloody-gate-service.platform:1046. In your case you will get the same service with different port number (bloody-gate-service.platform:XXXX).

Press Download Configuration to get configured OpenVPN configuration file *.ovpn which you must install in your local VPN client and start it.

Congratulations, you have established a secure VPN tunnel between your local resource and the platform. Now time to use this in your integration flow configuration.

Using VPN Agent

Since we have used MongoDB for our example we will use the MongoDB component in the configuration of our integration flow. We will jump directly to the step configuration to show how to use the Agent.

VPN Agent configuring the credentials

Picture above shows the filled form for MongoDB credentials in the step configuration where couple of details should be considered:

  1. Use Drop-down menu Choose Agent to select the Agent. Our new agent called MongoDB_local_conn is online as indicative of the green dot beside the name.
  2. Give an informative name to your credential.
  3. Make sure to enter the correct URL address like we do mongodb://bloody-gate-service.platform:1046. You must not use the connection URL available on your local environment. The VPN gateway will take care of port forwarding for you.
  4. Use the same username/password pair as you would use locally.
  5. Enter the Authentication Database as you would do locally to login.

And lastly Verify and Save your credential.

Congratulations, you are now ready to query your local database and use the results to process further.