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VPN with NetBeui

Is there any way to setup the server to assign a netbeui name to  vpn connections or to allow the computers on the network to recognize the connected computers through "my network places" or by name... ex: \\computer\shared instead of \\ip address\shared... Also is there a way to view the files on the remote computer by signing in other than guest?

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every1isevil
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ckratschCommented:
I think you mean NETBIOS name.

Using \\computer\share uses NETBIOS names, which are resolved by browsing or WINS.  You're probably not running WINS, and Browsing only works within a subnet.  It sounds like you'll want to set up a WINS server, and assign WINS addresses to clients with DHCP.  That way, VPN clients will register their NETBIOS names with the WINS server, and local clients will use WINS to resolve those NETBIOS names.

If you are running a domain, the VPN client computers must be domain members in order to access their resources using domain accounts.  If you're in a workgroup, or if the VPN client computers are not domain members, you will have to authenticate to the VPN client computers using local user credentials on those clients.  You can bypass having to provide credentials by sharing a folder or drive on the VPN client with Everyone (local group) having Full Control permission in both the share and NTFS - but that is not recommended, as it is a gigantic security hole.
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every1isevilAuthor Commented:
yes that is what i meant.. I do have my server running wins.. the account that i am logging into on the server is a member of the domain.  I can access the network resources using \\computer\share from the outside of the network. BUT i cannot see the shared files on the computer that is connected from the outside using \\computer\shared.  Also, when i have to connect, I have to use the \\ip\shared format and it will only allow me to connect using a guest account.  I know the username and password to the outside computer that is connected and was wondering if there is any other way to connect to it with higher credentials.  

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ckratschCommented:
Is the outside computer a member of the domain, or is it a completely separate machine with VPN connectivity into the domain?
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every1isevilAuthor Commented:
yes... The outside computer is actually logging into the 2003 server.  It is using a username and password from within the domain.
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ckratschCommented:
Can you access it using \\computer.domain.com\share?
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every1isevilAuthor Commented:
no... it will not access it that way either.
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ckratschCommented:
Then you have a DNS resolution issue.  Make sure that DHCP is registering DNS records for hosts it gives IPs to, that might help.
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every1isevilAuthor Commented:
Turns out i had to create a CNAME for the computer. Thanks
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