Problem logging into remote domain over VPN
Posted on 2006-03-21
I have a hardware (router to router) VPN which seems to be working fine. I can browse the office network and see the server (PDC) and all the other PCs, which log into the PDC with no problem.
I can send reports to a remote IP printer, and I can even run a remote desktop session with NetMeeting on the PDC server. The problem is that the remote laptop only logs into the domain form time to time (seems intermittent) and the most important function of the network is accessing the shares on the server.
There is nothing in the log files on the server, but I get boot-time messages on the laptop like:
"Windows cannot obtain the domain controller name for your computer network. (The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. ). Group Policy processing aborted."
"Automatic certificate enrollment for local system failed to contact the active directory (0x8007054b). The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. Enrollment will not be performed."
This seems to suggest the PDC cannot be contacted, which is bizarre because I can see it in the network browser and ping it from a command prompt.
Yesterday (Monday) for no apparent reason, I was able to work freely with the network shares all day but today they're not accessible even though nothing appears to have changed at either end of the VPN link.
Please help if you can.