Need help with MS VPN setup on XP Home boxes
Posted on 2004-10-17
I just found out about XP's built-in VPN ability, and I'd like to see if I can employ it at my office. The office has 2 XP Home boxes behind an ADSL router (with static WAN IP). They are statically configured on a 192.168.1.x subnet. One of them has a webserver for intranet stuff, and after setting up the Windows VPN server on that box and the VPN client on my home PC (also XP Home), I can access that from home using the machine's private IP.
So far so good, but I was assuming that Windows Networking could also be in effect over the VPN, but this is not the case.
I've read a few docs on the web about this, not to mention here in this TA, but there are a few things I don't understand. Is VPN networking to the office network ruled out because I don't have XP Pro with its Active Directory feature?
Just for other info, both my office and home networks are using the workgroup MSHOME (although I don't know if the home network's settings are really an issue here). The VPN server box is configured to allow clients to set their IP addresses, and my client at home has a static IP, has NetBios over TCP/IP enabled and I've entered the office router as its DNS server (best guess?).
WINS and a few other acronyms that mean nothing to me have come up in the postings in this TA - are they relevant to this task?
As you can probably tell I'm learning my way in the wacky world of networking, so any down-to-earth advice is gratefully accepted.