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OpenVPN connected to firewall. Now what?

Posted on 2009-04-07
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I have a smoothwall firewall with an openVPN mod. The openVPN client and the openVPN mod on the server appear to connect successfully. But now what? The next link in the chain is SBS 2003. My main goal here is a directory for shared files. I'm also happy to put that on an XP workstation or my N5200 NAS. But I have no idea what the next step is!
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What exactly do you want to achieve with the tunnel?
Is this sbs standard or premium? Is Isa installed? What are workstations. Are sites on different subnets? Mind reading does not work over the internet.

You say tunnel is working: Can you ping server, get to files using unc path,can you get to sharepoint (companyweb?), exchange server and if so what are you asking.

Olaf
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Let me clarify, sorry. I've also made headway and can fill in more details.

I want clients to be able to tunnel in and access a shared folder. Some are Active Directory, others are not.

The setup is like this

smoothwall-->sbs server 2003-->xp computer
                                                -->NAS

I'm fine with having the shared folder on the server, I only mention those other two devices as options.

I am on a Mac using Tunnelblick. I can connect just fine.

I can ping the server, 192.168.0.2. I can even RDC to that address!

I set up a shared folder on the server, we'll call it MyShare, on F:Data. I went to sharing and security and selected "Share this Folder". There are other tabs if I right-click, such as "Web Sharing" but I haven't done anything with that or other options.

On my Mac, following instructions I found on apples website, if I try to go to smb://192.168.0.2/MyShare, I get "Connection Failed. There was an error connecting to the server. Check the server name or IP address and try again...." If I click okay, the connecting to server status box changes to: "could not connect to the server because the name or password is not correct. Try Again / Cancel"

Thanks for the help.

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In my more verbose description I failed to state that I am using the Zerina openVPN mod on the smoothwall.
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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When logging on to share are you using domain\username and oassword format for credentials?
Can you use UNC path to logon: \\server IP\share?
Olaf
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I do not have a password or a username. There are only a handful of sbs 2003 licensed users. The rest of the users are not.

the \\serverIP\share doesn't seem to work on Mac. I can see the Mac appending it to look like this: afp:// \\serverIP\share.

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Don't know much about apple but I do know you will need a user account to get to files unless you allow for anonymouus access. Not a good idea.
Olaf
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I got help from another source who said the problem was that the subnets inside the network weren't matching. Will post again once I get that sorted out.
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I appreciate the help but it appears I'm solving the problem myself with trial and error. The problem was some conflicting subnets. The internal network is now 10.5.100.* to avoid conflicts when vpn clients are on external networks such as 192.168.16.*

Now I just have to get vista clients working with openvpn, which is apparently a bit of a challenge.
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