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Setting up a VPN on a XP Laptop to a Win2000 Server behind Linksys BEFVP41

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We have a Windows 2000 Server for our office network.  We have 10 computers connected, and we store most of our data on this server.  My boss needs to connect to this information while on the road using Cox Dial-Up or AOL Dial-Up.  The server is behind a LINKSYS BEFVP41 Router and a 3COM 3300 XM Switch.  We use a Cox Cable modem for our internet connection, and the Windows XP (Service Pack 1) Laptop can see the network fine as long as it is plugged into the LAN.  We use Softremote LT for our VPN, and we have successfully set up a VPN for a Dell Windows 2000 Laptop.  But on the XP Laptop, you can ping the Server but cannot see it.  The router has the latest firmware, and its not an active directory issue because I have one laptop that can see the network using the VPN.  I have disabled the Windows Firewall, but we do have Norton Firewall running.

I checked the log for the router, and I can see the Laptop trying to connect, but then a red line shows up like the following:

IKE[71] ** Check your Encryption and Authentication method settings !

This error message does not show up when I connect the other working laptop to the VPN.
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by:jamesesmith
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I am actually about to format an extra laptop, install Windows XP on it, then see if I can get the VPN working.  Does anyknow know a good set up procedure for setting up a VPN with Windows XP to a Windows 2000 Server through a Linksys BEFVP41 Router?  I am currently using Softremote LT, but I don't have to use that program if there is an easier way....
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by:lrmoore
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>But on the XP Laptop, you can ping the Server but cannot see it.
I assume this is the biggest issue you have?
Simple solution is to add a LMHOSTS file on the XP box with the Server's ip address.
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by:jamesesmith
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I can ping the server, and I can even type 'ping server01' in the MS-DOS screen and it gets 4 good tries.  But I still cannot see any network resources.
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by:lrmoore
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Try enabling NetBios over TCP/IP in your local network configuration, TCP/IP, Advanced, WINS tab..
Choose "enable" vs "default"
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by:jamesesmith
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Are you referring to the VPN connection on the Laptop? Because I do not see an option for this.  I see an option for it on the Laptop's LAN connection, but I am not using the LAN to connect to our vpn.  

Thanks,
Brandon
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by:jamesesmith
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I am actually at the point where I am no longer seeing an error in the Router Log.  I can 'ping server01' just fine.  If you need any more details, let me know and I'll post whatever I need to...
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by:lrmoore
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Do you have a domain, or a workgroup?
Is your laptop setup to be in the same domain/workgroup as at the other side of the VPN?
If you have a domain, setup your laptop to be in a workgroup with the same name.
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by:jamesesmith
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We have a domain... JES-Engineer  and they are all in the same domain.

When I type "Ping server01" in the dos screen, it pings server01.jes-engineer.com (192.168.x.x)

It appears to be in the correct domain.
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Use this QB article to setup a LMHOSTS file with the domain controller entry
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q180094
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everything works fine now.. thanks for your help.
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