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From sjcorbett <>
Subject [GitHub] incubator-brooklyn pull request: Ports @aledsage's Troubleshooting...
Date Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:35:00 GMT
Github user sjcorbett commented on a diff in the pull request:
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    +layout: website-normal
    +title: Troubleshooting Server Connectivity Issues in the Cloud
    +toc: /guide/toc.json
    +A common problem when setting up an application in the cloud is getting the basic connectivity
right - how
    +do I get my service (e.g. a TCP host:port) publicly accessible over the internet.
    +This varies a lot - e.g. is the VM public or in a private network, is the service only
accessible through
    +a load balancer, should the service be globally reachable or only to a particular CIDR.
    +This blog post gives some general tips for debugging connectivity issues, which are applicable
to a 
    +range of different service types. Choose those that are appropriate for your use-case.
    +## VM reachable
    +If the VM is supposed to be accessible directly (e.g. from the public internet, or if
in a private network
    +then from a jump host)...
    +### ping
    +Can you `ping` the VM from the machine you are trying to reach it from.
    +However, ping is over ICMP. If the VM is unreachable, it could be that the firewall forbids
ICMP but still
    +lets TCP traffic through).
    +### telnet to TCP port
    +You can check if a given TCP port is reachable and listening using `telnet <host>
<port>`, such as
    +`telnet 80`, which gives output like:
    +    Trying
    +    Connected to
    +    Escape character is '^]'.
    +If this is very slow to respond, it can be caused by a firewall blocking access. If it
is fast, it could
    +be that the server is just not listening on that port.
    +### DNS and routing
    +If using a hostname rather than IP, then is it resolving to a sensible IP?
    +Is the route to the server sensible? (e.g. one can hit problems with proxy servers in
a corporate
    +network, or ISPs returning a default result for unknown hosts).
    +The following commands can be useful:
    +* `host` is a DNS lookup utility. e.g. `host`.
    +* `dig` stands for “domain information groper”. e.g. `dig`.
    +* `traceroute` prints the route that packets take to a network host. e.g. `traceroute`.
    +## Service is listening
    +### Service responds
    +Try connecting to the service from the VM iteslf. For example, `curl http://localhost:8080`
for a
    +On dev/test VMs, don’t be afraid to install the utilities you need such as `curl`,
`telnet`, `nc`,
    +etc. Cloud VMs often have a very cut-down set of packages installed. For example, execute
    +`sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y curl` or `sudo yum install -y curl`.
    +### Listening on port
    +Check that the service is listening on the port, and on the correct NIC(s).
    +Execute `netstat -antp` (or on OS X `netstat -antp TCP`) to list the TCP ports in use
(or use
    +`-anup` for UDP). You should expect to see the something like the output below for a
    +Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address               Foreign Address             State   
   PID/Program name   
    +tcp        0      0 :::8080                     :::*                        LISTEN  
    +In this case a Java process with pid 8276 is listening on port 8080. The local address
    +format means all NICs (in IPv6 address format). You may also see `` for IPv4
    +If it says then your service will most likely not be reachable externally.
    +Use `ip addr show` (or the obsolete `ifconfig -a`) to see the network interfaces on your
    +For `netstat`, run with `sudo` to see the pid for all listed ports.
    +## Firewalls
    +On Linux, check if `iptables` is preventing the remote connection. On Windows, check
the Windows Firewall.
    +If it is acceptable (e.g. it is not a server in production), try turning off the firewall
    +and testing connectivity again. Remember to re-enable it afterwards! On CentOS, this
is `sudo service
    +iptables stop`. On Ubuntu, use `sudo ufw disable`. On Windows, go to `Start` -> `Control
Panel` ->
    +`Windows Firewall`, and use the “Turn off Windows Firewall”.
    +If you cannot temporarily turn off the firewall, then look carefully at the firewall
settings. For
    +example, execute `sudo iptables -n --list` and `iptables -t nat -n --list`.
    +## Cloud firewalls
    +Some clouds offer a firewall service, where ports need to be explicitly listed to be
    +For example, (security groups for EC2-classic)
    +have rules for the protocols and ports to be reachable from specific CIDRs.
    +Check these settings via the cloud provider’s web-console (or API).
    +Quick test of a listener port
    +It can be useful to start listening on a given port, and to then check if that port is
    +This is useful for testing basic connectivity when your service is not yet running, or
to a
    +different port to compare behaviour, or to compare with another VM in the network.
    +The `nc` netcat tool is useful for this. For example, `nc -l 8080` will listen
on port
    +TCP 8080 on all network interfaces. On another server, you can then run `echo hello from
    +| nc <hostname> 8080`. If all works well, this will send “hello from client”
over the TCP port 8080,
    +which will be written out by the `nc -l` process before exiting.
    +Similarly for UDP, you use `-lU`.
    +You may first have to install `nc`, e.g. with `sudo yum install -y nc` or `sudo apt-get
install netcat`.
    +### Cloud load balancers
    +For some use-cases, it is good practice to use the load balancer service offered by the
cloud provider
    +(e.g. (ELB in AWS)[] or the (Cloudstack Load
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