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Can't browse the workgroup using Windows XP's PPTP/VPN

Posted on 2003-03-04
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
A friend and myself are trying to set up a vpn between our two computers.  They both run Windows XP Pro, and are both on broadband connections.  My friend logs into my vpn server just fine, but is unable to see or browse the computers in my workgroup.  Also, when he is connected, I can't see him in my workgroup.  Any ideas.  Thanx in advance.
Question by:johnny_cache
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lrmoore earned 100 total points
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Are both PC's in the same workgroup?
Are they on different IP subnets? ie. yours is, and your friend's is If you are both the same on your local LAN, one of you will have to change.
Is Netbios over TCP/IP enabled on all XP systems?
Have you tried a hosts/lmhosts file on both systems?
Is there a domain structure?
Can you ping any other systems while connected? by ip address? by name?

Author Comment

ID: 8068959
I shoulda been more clear, the two pc's are in different physical locations, mine at my house, and his at his house, hence the vpn.  Netbios over TCP/IP is enabled on both XP systems, there is no domains, we each have our own workgroup, but both workgroups are named the same.  I havent tried a hosts/lmhosts file, and honestly dont know what they are.  Thanks again.

Assisted Solution

CraigBFG earned 100 total points
ID: 8145983
Search for a file called "hosts", should be in your system folder.  At the bottom of the list, type in the name & ip address of the pc your trying to connect to so:-  bills_pc

save this file. do the same for a file called lmhosts.

then on your friends pc, do the same but change the addressing around to:  bens_pc

providing your c drives are shared, and each have the correct permissions, then you should be able to browse.

try lauching ie and typing in \\bens_pc\  when connected


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