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How do browse network over VPN connection with cisco routers, rvs400, rv016 with xp pro and vista machines on both sides?

I'm tring to browse my network at the office from home. I have broadband connection, static ip's both ends. connected vpn.
I can ping all boxes. i can map drive of one of my unix boxes. but i'm looking to see the windows machines.
netbios is enabled on both routers for vpn. networks are different on both ends. 192.168.2.X and 192.168.1.X  work groups are different too. i've tried to map a shared folder with \\ip\sharedfolder which doesn't work.  hmm
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Tom-J-LaelCommented:
It's my understanding that Netbios doesn't work very well over VPN's.

I personally usually set static DNS entries in my HOSTS and LMHOSTS files. This obviously isn't ideal if you have lots of machines.

Do you get a specific message when you try to map using IP address??
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
As a rule NetBIOS will not allow you to browse a network over a VPN, though a very few VPN routers seem to make it work somehow. NetBIOS uses broadcast packets. Broadcast packets cannot be routed, and therefore cannot be forwarded over a VPN. Browsing the network therefore must rely on WINS servers when being used over a VPN.
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mvtopAuthor Commented:
hmm. thanks for the quick responses.  so must have a wins server to browse the network? or do i just need to set static DNS in hosts and lmhosts files?  that would seem easier of the two.  and if i need to setup a wins server. i'm guessing i can't do it on xp pro.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Yes you need WINS.
LMHosts will help with NetBIOS names but not browsing. Same with DNS, won't help with browsing.
I have have never seen a 3rd party add on for WINS on XP, but might be out there somewhere. Definitely not a Windows product.

Do you really need browsing? Though we get used to using it, as a rule with VPN's you are connecting to specific shares at known locations, and once mapped you seldom need to "poke around". If necessary as an admin you can browse/explore a PC or server with \\Server1\C$ or \\192.168.123.123\C$
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mvtopAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  i'll look into the wins option if i need the niceity of browsing.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Great. Thanks mvtop.
Cheers !
--Rob
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