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Vista Home Premium VPN to SBS 2003 R2

Posted on 2008-10-17
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I have a laptop that is running Vista Home Premium and I am trying to connect with a VPN to a SBS 2003 R2 machine and I cannot get it to connect. I have tested the VPN with a XP machine and I have no problem connect. Any thoughts?
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by:SysExpert
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1) Check the firewall.

2) What are you using to conect - Standard windows Dialup ?

Vista Home does not have all the capabilites of a business machine.

3) Check the event logs for any information, both on the server and Vista.

 
I hope this helps !
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by:robertsgroup33
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The firewall allows the XP machine to get through. I am using the VPN through the internet to connect (not dial up). I don't any events that have anything to do with the VPN in the logs.
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Since the Vista machine is not part of the Domain, maybe it will not work.


I hope this helps !
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by:robertsgroup33
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I really don't see how that is since using the VPN is a way for us to connect while off of the domain.
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by:robertsgroup33
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The XP machine I used is not a part of the domain either.
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VPN connection to a DOMAIN usually requires that the machine to be part of the Domain at  some point, not always, depending on how the VPN authentification is set up.

In general XP can be part of a DOMAIN and authenticates properly.

Vista Home does not.

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by:robertsgroup33
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I have hooked up a Vista Home machine in the past to a VPN on a SBS 2003 (not R2) domain without the machine being a part of a domain. For some reason it is not working this time and I am trying to find out what part I am missing.
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I was able to figure this out on my own. The first thing I did was in the properties of the VPN I went to the Networking Tab and selected PPTP VPN. Then I went to the properties of Windows Firewall and allowed VPN access (it was disabled for some reason, perhaps by default). After doing so I am able to connect to the VPN without having to be on any domain (which Home cannot join either way).
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Great.

As long as your VPN does not require Domain Authentification this will work.

The firewall should not affect this normally since it is for incoming traffic in general, although Vista may also start doing outgoing traffic also ( XP is only incoming )

If you have a chance, try to remove the VPN  access from the firewall and see if it still works.
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I use Microsoft OneCare and within the firewall it has an option for VPN on or off. It was set to the off position.
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by:ormerodrutter
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Just to add to the above :- VPN access do NOT require the computer to be part of the domain. Of course use still needs to have a valid logon credentials and be put into an AD group which allows VPN access (I think its called mobile users). The whole point of VPN is to establish a secure channel to communicate with your server via internet. It should not, and is not, restricted by whether the computer is part of the domain.
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