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Can connect to VPN but cannot map drives

Posted on 2008-10-17
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I have a server running SBS 2003 and client computers running XP that can connect to the VPN fine but cannot map any network drives. I get error 53 "network path was not found" when trying to map drives. This worked with the old server running SBS 2000. I have one user who can connect but she is not using a router. All others are using different routers. Seems to be a problem with the routers and new server operating system? Some users use Comcast, some AT&T.
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For the VPN Server, the raw IP is the first in the range you allocated
for IP addresses on the VPN. For the VPN Client, use a static address
(you will have to permit the use of a static VPN Client address in
the VPN Server).

For example, I set up a Win2K PPTP VPN with address range
192.168.1.100 - 200. I disabled DHCP in the router for that range,
thus assuring that no one else would grab one of my reserved
addresses. This is not really necessary since MS peer-to-peer only
supports 10 users.

I also enabled a static address for the VPN Client, namely
192.168.1.150. The VPN Server grabs the first address in the allowed
range, namely 192.168.1.100.

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For Shared drives to traverse a VPN connection - you need to check your RAS or VPN server is running Netbios over TCP - You may also want to manually put entries into the Hosts and LMHosts files to allow you to connect by name and not IP Address - unless your DNS settings are pointing to the DNS Server behind the VPN Connection you wont be able to resolve the names try connecting a shared drive using the IPaddress rather than the server name - e.g. \\192.168.2.100\shared rather than \\server1\shared
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I don't think I have an ip conflict. My router on remote network is giving out 192.168.0.100 and VPN connects with 192.168.0.25. Not sure I completely understand what the static IP would accomplish. I am trying to stay away from static ip's because these laptops travel and use other networks.

VPN connection shows DNS server as remote server's internal IP. 192.168.0.10

I cannot map drives with IP either. Cannot ping server local IP from remote client when connected to VPN.

Netbios over TCP is enabled on both adapters on the server.
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Well the only thing left might be a firewall somewhere in the middle.  Contact your system administrator and see if you have a firewall preventing you from hitting the place you are trying to map.  You don't need a static ip now because the vpn server will assign you an ip and the part of the network you can be on...

Good luck
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Here is an extra link to check how to map drives over a vpn.  This might help you.

http://applezombies.wordpress.com/2008/01/18/review-apple-mail-vs-entourage-2008-a-first-look/
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none of these worked. The client decided to make the user come into the office and doesn't want to find a solution at this time. Thanks for your suggestions.
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