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How to access Windows 2003 server from remote site thru VPN connection (router to router)

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Last Modified: 2013-11-29

I have an question about VPN. I had one Linksys RV082 VPN router installed in main office (with fixed IP, and subnet is I use and Linksys RV042 VPN router (Dynamic IP with subnet) in the remote site to setup the VPN router to router connection to join 2 locations together.

The VPN connection for both site has no problem and up and running. I can ping the main office workstations and connect to network printer no problem. But I cannot access the Windows 2003 server in the main office. No matter I try to pring it or remote access it will has no respond or error. I can browse and connect to any workstations in the main office except Windows 2003 server.

Is anyone know why ? or did I do any configuration wrong ? In the remote site, I can use MS Windows XP PPTP client to the main office and access the Windows 2003 server no problem. But If I use QuickVPN client or use Router to Router to connect. I can only access workstations but NOT the Windows 2003 server.

Please help me to solve the problem. Do you think when I use Router to Router VPN or QuickVPN client, I need to use the same subnet of main office ( in the remote site also ?

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if the tunnel is up and both sides can ping eachother and the workstations and the server in question are on the same subnet, and you can hit the workstations from the other side of the tunnel but NOT the server, check the server's default gateway and tcp/ip settings.  its default gateway shoudl be the linksys it is behind

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you should be able to map to the ip of the server i.e.

net use z: \\\sharename /user:you yourpassword

200 = server ip

if not, try going into the advanced vpn config of the rv042, and 82, and enable netbios pass through, this allows browsing functions to pass through.  I use terminal server through my vpn stuff, or just map ip mappings like above.


The Windows 2003 server has difference gateway to go out in the main office. The workstations (gateway difference than server) in main office with the same subnet can connect to it without any problem. But workstations in remote office with difference subnet cannot so do you think it is because the gateway for Server going out is not same as the gateway for workstations going out for Internet (the VPN router) ?
Create a static route to the server on the office vpn router.


Sorry to reply so late because my company assigned me to another project in last few weeks. After I changed Windows 2003 Server default gateway equal to the IP of Linksys RV082 VPN Router, the server has respond and I can joint the domain on it right now. But now it has another problem. When I try to connect from remote site and login the domain. It will has the error said cannot access your roaming profile and said "The network name cannot be found" and just load my workstation local profile to work. I can access all the resource but I cannot keep the profile so any change of the setting will be gone when I logout and need to reset all the setting again in next login.

So anyone know what is going on ?
sounds like dns now, try imputing the dns server that the domain controller uses (probbially itself) on the client and try it again. also you can stadically setup the wins server also.  This isnt a perm thing, just to see if its a dns issue.


Yes, I already enter the server address as the DNS in the workstation IP setup and add the server address in WINS already. Do you think because the workstation is in difference subnet ?
I wouldn't think so, but I don't know, I hope someone smarter than me can post.


Thanks all of your help. My VPN is up and running now. I split the points to all you guys and all you guys did a very good help to me. Thanks a lot.
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