Resolve PC Names Over VPN
Posted on 2009-04-30
I have inherited a network created by another IT person who can no longer be reached and I don't want to make major changes to the setup because within the next year it will all be ripped out so I am trying not to disturb and create a domino effect. The setup is 2 locations connected by VPN (SonicWall TZ170). Location 1 is a windows 2003 standard server running as a workgroup machine (hosts applications for the practice) with 6 desktops pcs all in the workgroup. Location 2 is considered the remote and has a windows 2003 standard server running as a domain controller with 5 desktop pcs, with the desktops being part of the workgroup back in location 1 although at one time were all entered into the domain. The DNS on the domain controller has froward and reverse look up zones entered (both the domain and workgroup) and look ups on the subnets. Just the other day we had to do a reload of the OS and all the apps on a desktop in the remote location and now I cannot find the server in the main location by pc name. I can find it by TCP/IP but not by name. I entered it as a member of the domain, but still no luck. All the pcs including this one get their dhcp properties from the local server. I need name resolution for the practice management software to speak back to the server in the main location. Its a funky situation and certainly not how I would have set it up myself, but again I am just trying to patch this issue for the time being.