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VPN/Network Access with a TZ170 Firewall

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I just purchased a SonicWall TZ170 with 10 VPN Global Client Licenses.  I can connect to the VPN after modifying, yet slightly, the default firewall rule, exporting it and importing it into my laptop.  However, while attempting to browse the local area network (at the remote location), I cannot see anything.  Yes, I am a newbie to VPN access, so take it easy on me.  Thanks for any and all assistance.
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by:Rob Williams
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Can you connect using the IP, and if so by computer name such as:
\\192.168.123.123\ShareName
\\Server Name\ShareName
Browsing the network uses NetBIOS which as a rule works with broadcast packets. These cannot be forwarded over a VPN. As a result the only way you can browse is if you have a WINS serve.
You should be able to connect by name however. If that doesn't work, let us know and we may be able to isolate that problem.
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You know what I failed to mention, again because I am a moron, that I don't receive an IP Address.  I know DHCP is not turned on via the firewall, but is internally in the company.  Should I assign a static IP?  I will try this solution first then attempt assigning a static IP that would correspond to the internal network.  Will post again soon.
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Got it.  I forgot to enable the Virtual IP Address.  DUH!!!!  Thanks for all the help!.  Greatly appreciated.
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Glad to hear resolved. Sounds like a minor oversight.
Thanks for the update.
keithtcobbett, I noticed you are relatively new to Experts-Exchange. In case you are not aware, where you resolved your own question you can ask to have your points refunded and the question closed, as per:
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Done.  Thanks a lot.  I am relatively new.  Just poking around some times.  Great site to pick up on things that you usually can't find in manuals.
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