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I'm connecting to a VPN with my Windows XP Home computer that is behind a DSL modem.  The network I'm connecting to is also a DSL modem, Windows 2000 Computer.  I can sign in but cannot see any of the computers and cannot share any files, even though I do have file sharing turned on on both sides.

I cannot ping any computers on the other network, including the Win2K machine that is configured as a VPN server.  My internet connection (on the XP (client computer)) becomes unavailable after connecting to remote network, although I can still connect to the remote network with RealVNC.

Any place to start troubleshooting here?
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Hi HKComputer,

what kind of VPN do you have set up? can you give some details
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Win2K is setup as a VPN server.  Small network, no VPN appliance of any kind.

I did come to the conclusion that it is a WINS problem.  Indeed, I can access the VPN Server's files if I reference them as follows:

net use \\192.168.1.86\MyFiles

But net view command with IP address returns an error as if the machine is firewalled.  And using computer names doesn't work at all.
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you proabably need to do some lmhost file editing to give you references.....

this is from Robwill's wise words

NetBIOS names are not normally broadcast over a VPN, to work around this issue try the following solutions:
1) Use the IP address (of the computer you are connecting to) when connecting to devices such as;   \\123.123.123.123\ShareName   or map a drive at a  command prompt using  
 Net  Use  U:  \\123.123.123.123\ShareName
2) An option is to use the LMHosts file which creates a table of IP's and computer names. LMHosts is located in the Windows directory under c:\Windows (or WINNT)\System32\Drivers\Etc\LMHosts.sam , instructions are included within the file. Any line starting with # is just a comment and is ignored. Open the file with Notepad and add entries for your computers as below;
192.168.0.101      CompName       #PRE
Hit enter when each line is complete (important), then save the file without a file extension. To be sure there is no extension ,when saving enclose in quotations like "LMHosts". Now when you try to connect to a computer name it should find it as it will search the LMHosts file for the record before connecting.
More details regarding LMHosts file:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/cnet/cnfd_lmh_QXQQ.asp
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Concluded to be entirely a WINS issue.  Jay_Jay70's post is the only work around I know of.  For now I'm using IP address only because I use the VPN so seldom.

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:) cheers mate
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