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      I'm setting up a SBS 2003 at the office, everything seems to be workign out OK for the most part (Still working out some minor bugs). The server uses two network cards and a Linksys wrtg54g router. When i connect to the VPN from outside the office, everything SEEMS to e ok, it connects fine, verifies user name/password, and then connects. The problem is that, once connected, I cannot actually see anything on the server (such as files/folders, cannot connect to exchange, i believe i should be able to?) The Computers are transfering packets, there are shared folders available. Thanks again
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by:samccarthy
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Using 2 NICS, do you have your RRAS enabled for Routing?
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by:mikeleebrla
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how are you trying to access the files/folders on the server???

did you try \\1.2.3.4\sharename\ ??  where 1.2.3.4 is the IP address of the server?
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Did you enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Server in LAN Property ?
Did you enable IP Routing on IP Tab in RRAS ?
goto Server Property > Check General and IP Tabs.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Do you get "Network Path Not Found" when you connect using UNC: - \\ip_address of server ?
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by:Bigred4
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   To answer the first question, I'm trying to access the files/folders via "my network places" once the VPN is connected, and there is nothing there, I also try to navigate to \\servername\share and i get "Page not found". Yes the Netbios over TCP/IP is enabled in LAN, the IP routing in RRAS is enabled. Thanks
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by:Bigred4
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Anyone have any other ideas?
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by:mikeleebrla
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did you try to access it by \\1.2.3.4\sharename\ like i suggested,, this will let us know if it is a dns issue or not.  

can you ping it by IP address?
can you ping it by hostname?
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by:Bigred4
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Yes i try to access by \\1.2.3.4\sharename and i get the same reslults. It is very frustrating, the user name and password have been authenticated, the two computers in the bottom right hand corner are sending and receiving. But i can in no way see any shares. And as far as using the ip, to navigate like \\1.2.3.4\sharename is that possible? seeing as it must go through the port forward on the router. wouldn't the router not be able to translate any of that, or is being connected to the vpn like being connected to a local network and the router is no longer involved after the initial VPN vonnection is made? Thanks again for you help and patience.
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by:Bigred4
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Ok guys, i know it's been a while, I re-installed the SBS2003 and everything worked fine, i was able to connect to the vpn, use exchange and share folders, unfortunately i had to AGAIN re-install the server for other reasons, now i'm once again unable to use the VPN, i'm hoping this info will help in the repair, when i connect to the VPN (like always the connection verifies username and password, and connects) i'm unable to connect to any shares, or exchange. I'm now noticing that once i connect to the vpn, i'm UNABLE to browse the internet, as long as i'm connected to the vpm i get page not displayed, as soon as i disconnect from the vpn the capability of browsing of the internet resumes. I'm hoping this tid bit helps.
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