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MS VPN - Some options on DNS tab of connection properties greyed out in Vista

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In MS VPN connection Properties, the Advanced > DNS > "Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes", and Append these DNS suffixes (in order) are greyed out.  OS is Windows Vista Premium.  This is the first Vista computer I've configured a VPN with.  Could thios be a permissions issue.  The user is a local administrator.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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To correct this, modify the Group Policy on the machine by following these steps:

1. Click Start > Run.. > gpedit.msc
2. Open Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network >DNS Client
3. Enable the following:
         allow dns suffix appending to unqualified multi-label name queries
         Primary DNS Suffix Devolution.
4. Reboot

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I tried to run gpedit.msc and it will not run.  The OS is Windows Vista Home Premium.  Could the Home version not permit this from running?
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That's true, gpedit.msc is not available on the Home versions.  So... this is why the DNS suffix fields are greyed out as well, because the computer can't have DNS Suffixes since it can't be a member of a domain.

Generally those aren't necessary when making a VPN connection, so can you please advise what your actual problem is or what you are ultimately trying to accomplish?

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The VPN connection works and I get an IP address on the host network.  However, I am unable to setup a mailbox in Outlook on this computer.  I can ping the Exchange server by name and IP but It will not resolve the name of the server when trying to connect to setup the mailbox.  I tried to manually configure a host file to aid in this process and it will not allow me to save changes when I try to edit the host file.
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Of course you cannot set up a mailbox in Outlook on that computer because it's not a member of the domain and it can't be a member of the domain since it's a Home version.

The way to do it is to use RPC over HTTPS.  No VPN Connection is required at all.

This feature must be enabled in the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- which is linked as Connect to the Internet in the Server Management Console > To-Do List) by checking the box on the Web Services Configuration Screen for "Outlook via the Internet".

A visual how-to is here:  http://sbsurl.com/ceicw

Port 443 must be open on your Network's router/firewall.

Then RPC over HTTPS client configuration instructions are on the server's Remote Web Workplace main menu -- linked as "Configure Outlook via the Internet" -- access the RWW Main Menu by going to http://localhost/remote from on your server.  (See http://sbsurl.com/rww for more info on RWW).

A full overview for SBS based RPC/HTTPS configurations is here:  http://sbsurl.com/rpc

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