Better browsing through a VPN connection
Posted on 2004-04-28
I am using a VPN connection into the office succesfully, for the most part. Mail works, pinging the servers work etc. But the problem is with browsing the network, using explorer. I am using xp client and 2000 server and an old netopia router over ADSL.
Now I have become aware from articles on the internet that you need netbios to transmit the browser information over a VPN connection, and for that you generally need a WINS server. So I set one up on the main server. And hey presto I could browse!
BUT, it isn't reliable. When I log on there is often a significant delay in the time taken for me to see the network neighbourhood. It is around 10 minutes, but varies from low minutes to VPN disconnect timeout. In that time, I can ping the machines, attach using map network neighbourhood etc, just not browse.
So I suspect that the WINS info isn't getting to my client PC all that quickly, is there anyway to speed this up?
Further info: I have installed ethereal and looked at the network traffic. In the period before browsing works I get a lot of requests from my PC (when I hit refresh in explorer) to the server IP asking for "Get Backup List Request" using the "browser" protocol. These requests are not responded to. After the network is visible, then I get different info and the request is acknowledged and acted on.