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I have a VPN client on a home XP Pro machine.
The VPN Server is on a work W2K3 Server.
The router/DSL IP is dynamically allocated by the ISP so I am using a Dynamic DNS service to alias the dynamic IP address to a static hostname.
The connection works fine.
I can ping the server both by name and IP.
ipconfig /all show the servers IP for both DNS Server and Primary WINS Server.
Drives can be mapped using the computer name so name resolution appears to be working.
My home IP addresses are in the range 192.168.2.x
My work IP addresses are in the range 10.0.11.x
I do not want to use LMHOSTS and don't think I should have to since the server is using WINS.
All that is the good news.

The bad news is that I can not browse the machines on the VPN using Window Explorer/My Network Places/Entire Network/Microsoft Networks. The machines on my home network (192.168.2.x) show fine but the ones at work (10.0.11.x) do not show. Could the problem be that I am using to different private SubNet ranges? If so why does everything else except for browsing work.



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Browsing required Netbios traffic.
The VPN link won't allow the netbios traffic down the link, hence you can't see the other work machines via browsing.

Unless browsing is critical, then I'd leave it at what you've already got working.
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I found the answer myself. The problem was my Workgroup Name at home was not the same as my domain name at work. Once I changed the workgroup to use the same domain name browsing started to work. It does leave me somewhat puzzled about the answer from What90 that netbios traffice is not allowed down a VPN. I realize that netbios is non routable. If browsing is dependendant on netbios how am I able to browse now simply by changing my workgroup name to match my domain name?
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Good work.

For some reason I though you were using NT4 server for RAS server, humho...

If you have Netbios over tcp/ip enabled that may have allow the info (WINS/Netbios) to travel down the vpn.

This explains it somewhat more:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/server/help/sag_WINS_und_DisablingNetBT.htm
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