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Unable to have dns work through a VPN using Linksys RV082

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Hey guys,

I'm about to make LMHOST Files, but wanted to see if anyone else here was having this problem.  After connecting through the VPN with Linksys Quick VPN client, I have to use the ip address of the target share or remote desktop in order to authenticate.  I tried using the computer name, but it did not work.

Any ideas to fix the problem?
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You can try to set all of your machines to enable NetBios naming over TCP/IP and see if it helps.  This is under the TCP/IP properties ---> WINS tab.

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Would I need a Wins Server to make this work?  Also, would I then have to add the Wins Server to all the remote clients?
A WINS server isn't required, though, it might also help to solve the problem....  Just to test it, pick a server with a resource, and enable netbios over tcp/ip and do the same with your machine.. then browse the network neighborhood and see if you see the server (and can get to it's resource.)
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Thanks for the info RobWill.  I've been using option 1 & 2 lately.  I really want to try something else because people seem to have trouble doing it.

I made the LMHOST file.  I actually just edited the one that is already there.  It read that it is a bad thing, but I'm only going to add four private ips to it anyway.

I don't have a WINS Server, but I could easily add this service.  I might wait though.  Only have one server right now and looking into a backup server that I can run some services on.

I'll try the remote DNS server option.  

As for number 7, this is just the adapter on the client side, right?  Sorry, never heard of virtual private adapter.
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LMHosts is nor a "bad thing" at all. Simply a nuisance to update and maintain if you are connecting to multiple devices, especially if they are using DHCP and may change. However, it is quite an acceptable method and resolves names very quickly.

WINS main advantage, depending on the configuration, will sometimes let you browse the network, though it does work well with name resolution over the VPN.

As for the virtual adapter, sorry that refers to the Windows VPN adapter and you are using QuickVPN. You can try the same thing with your network adapter. Basically you want to use the adapter, virtual or otherwise, that establishes the connection. The Windows VPN creates a Virtual adapter rather than using the physical adapter (in theory ).

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Yeah, I remember that LMHOST is actually up there in the chain of command:


Cache
LMHOST
WINS
DNS

I think that's the order.  I could be wrong, I learned that 4 years ago and never really used it.
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Broadcast and Host files are in there too, and it varies a bit with the node type, but yes that is the basic concept and LMHosts will be checked second I believe.
Nice if you can get DNS to work though where it is dynamic. There is not as much you can configure with the QuickVPN though.

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Thanks Rob,

I can't test it now because I'm at work.  When I get home, I'll test the client.  I think I'm going to also try and set up with Windows Client as well.  I got a link from one of the guys from another thread that had steps on how to do this.  I took a quick look and it looked like a hassle.  Never the less, just that much more that I'll know when I'm done.

I'll start distributing points once I test everyone's steps from home.  Might be sometime during the weekend though, I want to see if I can catch a few games of tennis before I go home.
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No rush. If you are interested in experimenting with clients. The GreenBow has a nice one that uses IPSec so it is more secure than the Windows client and offers more configuration options.
http://www.thegreenbow.com/vpn.html
Configuration documentation:
http://www.thegreenbow.fr/doc/tgbvpn_cg_LinksysRV082_en.pdf

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Thanks RobWill,

The whole thing with the GreenBow, it will cost a lot.  I wish I could buy one copy and load it on all four laptops that will go in through the VPN.  They'll never access at the same time or anything.  In fact, they'll probably just use it once a month each.
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I haven't used TheGreenBow for a while, but you could check the licensing. Though most require 1 per user some licenses are for the number of concurrent users. Then again $75 US per user for a few years is pretty reasonable when you compare to a few years of phone calls.  :-)
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Thanks warriorfan808,
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