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Mapping a drive over a VPN

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I have a computer(win98) from work that I use at home with VPN software installed to access my work's network.  I have cable internet access and a router in front of my home network.  I can establish a connection to work and access our intranet and ping any computer in the network but I can't "see" these computers.  What I need to do is map a few drives.  If I search for a computer I get a quick error that the computer is not found.  Is something configured wrong?  Any Ideas?  Any information would be great.  Thanks.
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by:foad
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this is an excellent site i use ....

http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/w2kw95cn.htm

Al
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lrmoore earned 200 total points
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The link above highlights that you should have your workgroup the same as at work. However, there are other ways around it. The is a simple netbios name resolution issue. This is solved in usually one of two ways.
1. If you have WINS servers at work, manually add them to your TCP/IP configuration.
2. Create an LMHOSTS file.
Can you map a drive using IP Address: \\123.45.67.8\share
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by:ahoffmann
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beside lrmoore's comment, oes you home computer use an IP address in the range of the work's network?
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by:The--Captain
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lrmoore is correct - this is not a vpn problem , but a netbios problem - the best answer is "Stop using a protcol over a WAN that was designed for a LAN".  If your corporate managers lack that amount of clue (and most do), then lrmoore's suggestions are the best it gets (use WINS, or a static mapping via LMHOSTS).

Cheers,
-Jon



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Are you still having problems with this? Do you need more information?
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No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave a recommendation in the Cleanup topic area that this question:

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>I recommend: points to lrmoore

I concur.

-Jon
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by:The--Captain
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BTW, what the hell do ISPs or VPNs have to necessarily do with broadband?  I recommend that the VPN and ISP TAs be moved under the general Networking TA immediately.  If you (lrmoore) have any sort of pull with the folks at EE, then I would hope you would point this out to them.

Cheers,
-Jon
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The--Captain,
There's an area for suggestions where anyone can make these types of suggestions.  Go to the Community Support/Suggestions area or the Expert Input area (either one really) and state your case.  I would tend to agree with you that VPN isn't a Broadband-Only topic.  
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