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Running a Windows 2000 Server with RRAS.

Clients can connect to VPN.  It is assigning the connection an IP.
Now, how do I browse the computers, map network drives, etc.

Thanks,

Nick
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Are you using DHCP to assign the addresses for the VPN clients, or using an address pool? How do you handle netbios name resolution inside your LAN? D-DNS? WINS? Neither?
On your client, you may need to setup an LMHOSTS file:

LMHOSTS
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314884
http://www.realcomputerguy.com/lmhosts.htm
http://www.labmice.net/networking/lmhosts.htm
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by:BlueTrane
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DHCP is used.  DNS handles name res.  I've also installed Netbeui just in case.  Still doesn't work.  I can search and find specific computers but cannot browse them in Network Places.
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What OS on the clients? Try the LMHOSTS on a test client.
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by:BlueTrane
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I've tried Windows 2000 and Windows XP clients.
What is LMHOSTS?
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Read the links I provide above regarding LMHOSTS file. It is Microsoft way to provide netbios name resolution in absence of local WINS servers, and broadcasts are not allowed (accross a WAN/VPN) link.
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G'day, BlueTrane
It has been 51 days since you posted this question.
Do you still need help? Have you received enough information?
Can you close out this question?
Ways to close questions: http://www.apollois.com/EE/Help/Closing_Questions.htm
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by:BlueTrane
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Sorry it has taken so long.  We lost out ISP along with a static IP so the VPN was put lower on the priority level.  Now with a true T1 we're cooking again.

I've researched a little bit more.  I've installed WINS on the server and we still cannot browse.

I can type \\SERVER and the network drives come up so I know DNS is working.  I'll go ahead and award you the points for being persistent.  If you come up with anything let me know!!  I don't want to create LMHOSTS files...hehe.

Thanks,

BT
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by:lrmoore
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Perhaps you can find something here that will help:
Microsoft Browsing

How Browsing a Wide Area Network Works:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q117633&

Troubleshooting the Microsoft Computer Browser Service
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3ben-us%3b134304
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;188305

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;136712
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;102878

WIN2K
Windows 2000 server with Active Directory does'nt use NETBIOS for name resolution.

Windows 2000 DNS - Diagnosing Name Resolution Problems
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/cnet/cncf_imp_zvri.asp
FQDN = Fully Qualified Domain Name

Windows 2000 DNS - Solving other common DNS problems
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/cnet/cncf_imp_ibxf.asp

Ping Utility Takes a Long Time to Return Results with NetBIOS Name
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;267963

NetBIOS over TCP/IP Name Resolution and WINS
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;119493


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