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3 public servers: middle machine for traffic forwarding

With the following machines...
Server 1: PPTP client windows; Public IP: 1.1.1.1
Server 3: PPTP server centos6; Public IP: 3.3.3.3
Connecting VPN server3 from server1 works correctly!

Goal is to have a middle server forwarding traffic in both ways
Server 1: PPTP client windows; Public IP: 1.1.1.1
Server 2: Traffic forwarding centos6; Public IP: 2.2.2.2
Server 3: PPTP server centos6; Public IP: 3.3.3.3

Server1 connects with PPTP client to 2.2.2.2 and this server2 redirects to 3.3.3.3 (server3)
Is it possible to have that scenario?


Tried the following setup in Server2
1. Routing enabled

Code:
# echo "1" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
# nano /etc/sysctl.conf
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1
# sysctl -p

2. Iptables forward

Code:
# iptables -F -t nat
# iptables -F
# iptables -A FORWARD -d 3.3.3.3 -i eth0 -j ACCEPT
# iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -d 2.2.2.2 -j DNAT --to-destination 3.3.3.3
# iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
# iptables save
# iptables reload

When trying to connect with Server1 VPN PPTP client to 2.2.2.2, it redirects correctly to 3.3.3.3.
However, in server3 (3.3.3.3) it does not assign a PPTP client to 2.2.2.2.
Here is the connection log at server3


Code:
# tail -f /var/log/messages
Nov 29 09:53:39 office pptpd[2121]: CTRL: Client 2.2.2.2 control connection started
Nov 29 09:53:39 office pptpd[2121]: CTRL: Starting call (launching pppd, opening GRE)
Nov 29 09:53:39 office pppd[2122]: Plugin /usr/lib64/pptpd/pptpd-logwtmp.so loaded.
Nov 29 09:53:39 office pppd[2122]: pppd 2.4.5 started by root, uid 0
Nov 29 09:53:39 office pppd[2122]: Using interface ppp2
Nov 29 09:53:39 office pppd[2122]: Connect: ppp2 <--> /dev/pts/3
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pppd[2122]: LCP: timeout sending Config-Requests
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pppd[2122]: Connection terminated.
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pppd[2122]: Modem hangup
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pppd[2122]: Exit.
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pptpd[2121]: GRE:  read(fd=6,buffer=6124a0,len=8196) from PTY failed: status = -1 error =  Input/output error, usually caused by unexpected termination of pppd,  check option syntax and pppd logs
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pptpd[2121]: CTRL: PTY read or GRE write failed (pty,gre)=(6,7)
Nov 29 09:54:09 office pptpd[2121]: CTRL: Client 2.2.2.2 control connection finished

Any ideas to setup the server2 working as middle traffic forwarder?
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