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Need to test VPN

Posted on 2006-05-30
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Last Modified: 2010-03-19
One of my co-workers has created a new VPN connection between our Windows 2003 SBS Server and a Windows XP SP2 notebook which until recently was used as a local PC in the same domain.

When connecting from a remote location via VPN connectiong the PC does not see the shares that it requires and when an attempt to connect to an existing share is made and error states "you may not have permission to access this resource."  

My coworker believes that he is connecting sucesfully with the VPN but is not being permitted access to shares that were accessible locally under the same user account.

Any insights will be greatly appreciated.

- G
Question by:Gary Gordon
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Expert Comment

by:Rob Williams
ID: 16793588
Sounds like he may be right. Try pinging the computer in question (the one that holds the shares) through the VPN tunnel. Make sure the Windows, or any other software firewall is disabled.

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by:Gary Gordon
ID: 16793601
Do you mean that I should change the firewall settings on the VPN client PC or the server in the office?

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TheTull earned 200 total points
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It's highly unlikely he will be able to see the shares once connected as the NetBIOS protocol probably is not being sent over the VPN.

Also, its possible he may be trying to connece to the share with a default username not accepted, to get around this, click the connect using a different name link when mapping a network drive.
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by:Gary Gordon
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In order to use VPN to talk to a remote network, I need to end up with an IP address that is consistent with those used inside the domain I want to work with correct?  Shouldn't I be able to ping the local machines if I connect sucesfully?
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prashsax earned 200 total points
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Are you using any third party software for VPN connection.

Or you are using Windows IPSec security policy for creating the VPN.

Try pinging the server from client. If you see Trying to negociate VPN..... then you are not able to connect the VPN.

You may need to change the Local IP address in the configuration.

Since, if you are in your LAN laptop will have a private IP address. But when it outside the lan, it will most probably have a public IP address.


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webquarters earned 200 total points
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You should setup shares using IP address instead of Netbios names.  map shares like \\serverIP\share

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maharlika earned 200 total points
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Be sure the notebook is set to DHCP and not a fixed IP address.  Typically, the fixed IP's are only used while "inside" the firewall.  Once you go outside the firewall, you have to have DHCP so that it can properly assign the IP.
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Rob Williams earned 1200 total points
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>>"Do you mean that I should change the firewall settings on the VPN client PC or the server in the office?"
Server in the office. It can be configured both tot allow pings and file shares but as a test best to disable temporarily.

>>"Shouldn't I be able to ping the local machines if I connect sucesfully?"
Yes. You are aware the local and remote machines should be on a different subnet?

The fact that there is a deny error, would tend to indicate a permissions problem, not an IP problem, or NetBIOS issue. Does the user have a legitimate user account, and is the user's computer a member of the domain? If the computer is not a member of the domain the user can connect to the shares with the domain name included such as :
or   domainname.abc\UserName

Author Comment

by:Gary Gordon
ID: 16794630
Prashsax:  We are using the VPN feature in our Pix 501 device, so yes, it is third party as we are not using the Windows 2K3 SBS to do this.


*  We will temporarily shut down the Firewall on the server.  Hopefully ping has not been disabled and the server will answer.  How do you turn on/off ping?

*  I thought that you should be able to ping the local machine if you connected... I did not know that the local and remote machines would be on different subnets.  I thought that NAT, the VPN or someother feature would give us a local address once we connected. If remote machin is and server is could they ping each other?  I am thinking no, but maybe the VPN behaves differently.

*  I agree about the deny error.  I,m perplexed about the ping/Ip address situation.

*  Maarlika says VPN client should be DHCp, is that workable?

I'm very gratefull for all the posts, thanks for helping.  - G

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by:Rob Williams
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>>"How do you turn on/off ping?"
Control Panel | Windows Firewall | Advanced | ICMP - Settings | Allow incoming echo request

As for the different subnets the routing of the tunnel looks after that. However, if you are using the Cisco client, rather than 2 Cisco VPN routers,  you will likely be assigned an IP in the same subnet and the virtual network adapter again looks after any necessary routing in this case.
The problem that can occur if the subnets are the same is packets received by a routing device to not know in which direction to send the packets if both ends of a tunnel have the same subnet.

The Cisco client is usually set to DHCP but can be configured with static IP's.
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by:Rob Williams
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Thank you ggordon777,

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