XP Pro VPN Server

Hi-
I have a dedicated IP address from my ISP.  I setup my XP Pro computer as a VPN server.  I setup a username and gave it permission.  
This is without a domain.  
I just want to be able to share files thru the VPN.

On the client computer I setup a PPTP VPN connection.  I can connect to the server and packets are sent back and forth.  But I cant see the computer by typing its name in the Windows Explorer address bar.  Just goes to the MSN search page.  

I have checked and unchecked the setting for use default gateway on remote computer as well as negotiate multilink connection.  

There are no firewalls that should be interfereing.

Any Ideas?

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 Comment from livegirllove
Date: 11/22/2004 02:44PM PST
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Oh I setup the server to assign Ip address in a range.  The client is getting that IP address for the VPN connection so that doesnt seem to be the problem.

Comment from andymsmith18  feedback
Date: 11/22/2004 02:54PM PST
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have you tryed typing the ip address in to the search bar ? all so try geting in from the my network places icon on the start menue

Comment from livegirllove
Date: 11/22/2004 03:02PM PST
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Ip address goes to the MSN search page.
Cant ping it either
still sending packets back and forth though
Checked network places.  It doesnt show up.  

Comment from andymsmith18  feedback
Date: 11/22/2004 03:10PM PST
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OK i think your best option wood be to post this on the networking forum
have you turned off simple file sharing see this link http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040
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sijgsCommented:
Try installing NETBEUI on both sides of the VPN connection, it solved the problem for me.

Regards,
JGS
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livegirlloveAuthor Commented:
ill try it thanks
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sijgsCommented:
also, make sure that you are assigning IP addresses in "it's" range..

eg if the host VPN is 192.168.10.2
then set up assigning IP's from say 192.168.10.10->192-168.10.19

That way the RAS connection will get 192.168.10.10
and the client will get 192.168.10.11->...19

JGS
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livegirlloveAuthor Commented:
They are in the correct range.  And the client is picking up the correct IP Address and packets are sent/recieved but no way to share files?
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sijgsCommented:
well, what I do (assuming that the NETBEUI solved your problems of addressing the machine by name is: well, actually I have a .bat file do the whole thing... so I'll just put it in here....

@ECHO OFF
rasdial "MY VPN" administrator mypassword
if errorlevel 1 goto tryagain
net use D: \\That_Computer\That_Drive_C ""
pause You Can Now access the files on Drive D: ...press any key
goto end
:tryagain
pause try again...
:end

and, of course, the appropriate shares on the "host" machine must be in place..

JGS
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livegirlloveAuthor Commented:
I just unchecked use LMHOSTs
Installed ipx
and it works perfectly.

WARNING!!!!!!!
WINDOWS XP PRO can only handle 1 incoming connection at a time.  So XP as a VPN server is great if you just want to use your laptop to get info off your desktop remotely.  For any other realworld environment go ahead and get 2000/3 Server.  Yes I told the client this to begin with.  smashing head on wall.

Cool batch file sijgs!!

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sijgsCommented:
Glad it worked and thanks!

JGS
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livegirlloveAuthor Commented:
net use D: \\That_Computer\That_Drive_C ""

What is the last set of quotes for?  Can I put in a domain login name and password?  What's the syntax?

When I setup another VPN that requires a windows domain this batch wont work.  Works great connecting to the other though.

Also is there a way to disconnect a drive before attempting to run the above line?  That way if they disconnect the vpn connection that network connection wont give an error when they use the batch to reconnect .

Does that make sense?
I know the questions closed but I got curious about the batch file.
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sijgsCommented:
Sorry about that...

It's for a "null" (no) password.

Here is a printout from a DOS prompt:

D:\> Fri 12/03/2004 11:30:32.98
net use /?
The syntax of this command is:

NET USE [devicename | *] [\\computername\sharename[\volume] [password | *]]
        [/USER:[domainname\]username]
        [/USER:[dotted domain name\]username]
        [/USER:[username@dotted domain name]
        [[/DELETE] | [/PERSISTENT:{YES | NO}]]

NET USE {devicename | *} [password | *] /HOME

NET USE [/PERSISTENT:{YES | NO}]

To disconnect you use:

net use D: /d

HTH,
JGS
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livegirlloveAuthor Commented:
awesome thanks
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sijgsCommented:
Just an afterthought....

I actually have two .bat files with ICON's on the desktop:

1) called "Connect to office" has the first stuff in it

2) called "Disconnect from office" has:

net use D: /d
rasdial "my network" /disconnect

The format of rasdial is:

D:\> Fri 12/03/2004 20:35:13.37
rasdial /?
USAGE:
        rasdial entryname [username [password|*]] [/DOMAIN:domain]
                [/PHONE:phonenumber] [/CALLBACK:callbacknumber]
                [/PHONEBOOK:phonebookfile] [/PREFIXSUFFIX]

        rasdial [entryname] /DISCONNECT

        rasdial

TTFN
JGS
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livegirlloveAuthor Commented:
cool this is exactly what I need.  This way there arent any conflicts when reconnecting.

thanks
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