Access DFS share from VPN

Posted on 2008-06-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I currently have DFS setup in my Windows 2003 Domain.  I can access the share \\domain\internal\share with no problems in the corporate LAN.  When I go home and attempt to access the DFS share via, VPN, it failes to connect.  Is it even possible to access a DFS share over a vpn connection?  My workstation at home is XP Pro SP3.  

The error message I get is:  \\Domain\internal\share Configuration information could not be read from the domain controller, either because the machine is unavailable, or access has been denied.
Question by:srfoster77
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by:Casey Herman
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Can you resolve computer names?
Try to just the server name and see if it finds it \\servername in explorer.
if not then you have to go into Routing and Remote Access in administrative tools.
Then right click on the server name
then go to properties.
then click on the IP tab
and at the bottom check the box that says "enable broadcast name resolution"

Then you should be able to see the computers over remote.


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As long as it is a FQDN, then it will resolve the server or any other hostname on the domain. I do not have Routing and Remote Access setup.  Do I need to have that setup for the namespace to work?
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by:Casey Herman
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Now is that over remote or locally?  Have you set the VPN up yet?

Routing and remote access is windows VPN.


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I was able to access the hostname on the domain remotely via a VPN connection.  Our VPNs are configured in our Firewalls allowing us to join the network.  Could that be the cause why my namespace wont work remotely via vpn?
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by:Casey Herman
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if the ip you are gettin is coming from the router it may not be using WINS on the server.  

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We aren't using WINS.  We are using AD.

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Try adding an entry to your hosts file on your client at home to resolve the IP to the DFS share.

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I've tried adding an entry to the local host file but no luck.  I eventually figured out that it was a firewall issue.  The ports for VPN were not completly opened casuing the DFS ports to not get through.

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