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How do I access Mapped Drives through VPN connection?

Posted on 2008-10-03
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I have set up a VPN Connection to our Company Network and at first glance everything seems to work ok. I can retrieve my emails from our VPOP Server and I can run VNC and connect to all the other System units with VNC Clients installed in our office.

The problem I have is when I attempt to connect to Mapped Drives on our Windows 2K Server. I can only access the drives when I switch off the Windows firewall on my laptop.

I have tried various Firewall Exceptions with no success and for obvious reasons I cannot continue to work with the Firewall Switched off.

NOTE: I have also tried disabling the Windows Firewall and installing and configuring Zonealarm on my laptop with the same result. I can only access the Mapped Drives when I switch Zonealarm off.

I feel there must be a simple solution to this problem yet I cannot see it. All help will be appreciated.
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Can you ping the machines in question by hostname rather than by ip address from the other office when the firewall is on?
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by:ensite31
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Hi and thanks for the reply.

I cannot ping the machine by hostname unless the Firewall is switched off.

I have also moved on from my original query.

I have created a .bat file (which I run from my Laptop) and used: net use X: \\XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX\sharename. This allows me to connect to Mapped Drives through the Firewall.

I do however have another issue. I need to connect to and use Sage Line 500 over the VPN. Although I can connect to Sage, the query's do not run. I'm assuming this is a similar issue. Any ideas?

NOTE: Sage do not support VPN access unless SSL.VPN.

Thanks again.
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What hardware/software are you using for your VPN? Would it be possible for you to list a config?
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