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I have a 2000 domain in a location up north. Salesmen and workers access the network remotely VIA a Nortel VPN server with IPs being handed out VIA DHCP on a 2000 Domain controller. They are logging into the domain and can get there exchange email perfect. Only problem is that after the NT4.0 to 2000 upgrade they cannot browse the network while logged into the VPN. The only thing I did different is NT4.0 had a WINS server which Im not using after the upgrade( didnt see a need to with all 2k and XP clients). They can ping and access all the shares by using IP but they need to browse "My Network Places". Any idea how I can get this working for them.
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from microsoft:

"It is highly recommended that you configure computers running Windows 2000 with the IP address of your WINS server in order for remote NetBIOS names to be resolved."

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/sag_TCPIP_und_nr_NetBIOS.htm



"A WINS server is highly recommended when there is more than one network segment in your network..."

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/server/help/sag_TCPIP_imp_config.htm

i think you're going to  need a wins server to browse the network over a vpn connection.

alternatively, you might be able to create lmhosts files on the vpn clients.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=180094
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by:groundwar
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In my experience with the same problem I used an LMHOSTS file which cleared up the problem ASAP.
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by:dmgadmin
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thanks for your help. The WINS server cleared up the problem.
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glad i was able to help.
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