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We have a Windows 2003 Server running ISA Server 2000 with routing and remote access configured to accept VPN connections.

There is no problem connecting to the network with the VPN client except that once connected the clients on the internal side of the network can no longer access the internet.

As a side note, this "lockup" also freezes the ISA server until such time that the VPN client disconnects.

Once the VPN client has disconnected, all functions return to normal.

This is a dual-homed server utilizing static-ip addressing for the VPN clients.

Any help is most appreciated.
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You need to setup split tunnelling.  This means that the VPN tunnel will only encrypt traffic to and from the remote network, rather than trying to send everything (inc. HTTP) down the same connection.
The 'use default gateway on remote network' tickbox under TCP/IP / Advanced settings is the box that enables/disables split tunnelling.
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This article should fill in the gaps -

http://www.isaserver.org/tutorials/vpnclientsecurity2.html
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I apologize for the delay in responding. The above article did not resolve my situation.

I have asked for this question to be closed.

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Bhanley - how did you fix it ?
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See the question.
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> See the question.

Sorry - I can't see anywhere how you've resolved this.  This information could be of use to others out there...  :)
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The solution lies in the fact that the VPN client must access the Internet via the local proxy server (in this case the ISA server). The VPN must setup it's Internet connection as a dial-up rather than a LAN connection even though it is accessing the local network via the LAN. This forces the client to use the ISA servers' Internet connection and not the ISP providers connection that the VPN is using to access the local network to surf the internet.

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