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Can't Map Network Drive using Windows XP

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Hi,

I am trying to map this network drive and it just wont work for some really odd reason. I thought I knew how to do this.  I am connecting to a network over a VPN.

Once connected, I can ping the local machines in the domain, like ping 192.168.1.105 for example, but I can't map this as a network drive and I used to be able to.  When I go to the office, we still need to use a VPN connection and I can map the drive fine at the office, but from home, using the same VPN client, I VPN in all is good, I can remote desktop into these boxes just fine from home, but when I try to map the network drive in Windows Explorer or even from the "Run | cmd | " it says

Actual Error message:
The drive could not bemapped because no network was found.

We have a share here and again, it works fine from the office, but at home it does not.

any ideas?

-ws
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by:younghv
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ws,
After you're connected, can you access that network drive by using the UNC path (\\servername\sharename)?


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by:Westside2004
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No,  I have tried that and I tried using "net use" from the command line also.

I can remote desktop in to the box, I can ping the box, I just can't map the network drive.  The drive is shared, and it does work, the problem is not with the VPN server, etc it has to be on my local client machine.

-ws
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by:younghv
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Check out these suggestions from some really smart guys here on E-E:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21707649.html?query=map+network+drive&topics=231
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by:Westside2004
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Yes, I saw that thread, I did search here before posting, but still no luck.

-ws
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by:younghv
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It may have something to do with the fact that you will be getting a different IP address at home than you will at work.

From home, do you have the ability to Ping and Tracert all of these network hosts by BOTH host name AND IP?

Is anyone else you work with having the same problem - it could be a configuration in one of your work network devices.


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by:haim96
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is there any chance that you blocked by firewall?
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by:Westside2004
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Hi,

Well if i was blocked by firewall, I dont think I could vpn in?  Once vpn'ed in, I am considered a local user correct?

I can do ping and tracert just fine when vpn'ed in.

-ws
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by:younghv
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ws -
In response to your question - yes, you could be logged in, and yes certain functions (protocols) could be blocked - depending on the FW (yours or your network) configuration.
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by:haim96
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and for the firewall,
and as younghv said, it's all depend on what ports your fw blocke and what open.
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by:egrylls
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It's entirely possible that some netbios ports over the VPN are closed.  Make sure 138,139,445 and potentially 135 and 136 are open.
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by:crawfordits
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enable file and print sharing
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by:natcom
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click on start run type cmd and  just use "net use \\server\share
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by:haim96
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i don't think it will work since he can't access from "run" command line.
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by:Lonnus_Maximus
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Click on Start, Run, and type \\ipaddress of the machine you are trying to access and see if the shares come up.
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by:younghv
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Lonnus,
Tried that one already - good thought though (GMTA).

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by:bigjimbo813
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when you map the drive you need to specify the user credentials you are using in the office.

For example if you are on a domain (at work) and a standalone (at home) when you map the drive....you need to "Connect using a DIFFERENT USER NAME."

In there specify your work account using DOMAIN\username
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Make sure the Workstation service is running on your PC
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Has anyone mentioned the 'File and Print Sharing service?
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by:younghv
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Has anyone mentioned the 'File and Print Sharing service?
Make sure it is running on both hosts.
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by:Westside2004
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Hi,

Thank you all for your responses.

Answer was:  

Make sure the Workstation service is running on your PC

Man... that was it Lonnus.  Thanks a bunch, you saved me a reformat of Windows XP, and the time and headache associated with that... man... thanks a bunch.

This literally was affecting my daily work to the point I could not map drives to our version control system..

Thanks!!!!!!

-ws
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