Cannot join a domain after establishing VPN connection
Posted on 2004-11-26
I am assigning IP addresses in my router to the VPN clients. The router is also doing DHCP for machines in the office. After I connect, I am unable to join the domain. I get "a domain controller for the domain (domain name) could not be contacted".I therefore cannot see any other machines on the network. If I go to DOS and run the nbtstat command, I can map network drives, but I need to be able to access other machines on the network (I'm using Act! and need to share contacts with people outside the office - Act uses machine name to share the database).
I was running WINS - but I don't know much about it or if it is still running since my server is not doing the DHCP any longer (the router is doing it now). I turned off DHCP on the server to avoid a conflict with the router.
When I'm in the office with my laptop and on my network, I can join the domain and see all the other machines that are shared.
Can you direct me to the proper setup to make this all work? I have spent all day browsing the articles that seemed to apply, but did not find this particular situation. I tried changing the subnet mask in the router IP addresses from 255.255.255.255 to 255.255.255.0, but then the VPN connection would connect and immediately drop.