Issue: Cisco VPN Client

Posted on 2009-05-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have been experiencing an issue with a Cisco VPN Client while connecting to a government site.  The problem began occuring when we moved the workstation that it is on to a new domain.  Once on the new domain we could not contact the site (our connection would fail).  
If I move the workstation back to the old domain, the user can connect to the site via the VPN no problem.

I believe that it may be a DNS issue.  Our old domain was a NT 4.0 domain controller and the new one is an Active Directory domain.  Prior to the new domain our DHCP would point users to the ISP's external DNS, because of AD the new DHCP points to the internal DNS which is also the AD server.

Any ideas?

Please help!
Question by:MightyMikey
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Expert Comment

ID: 24428196
Is the vpn client pointing to a name or IP?
What are the ping results new domain versus old domain?

Author Comment

ID: 24428215
The vpn client points to a name (, although i've tried changing it to an IP, but i was still frustrated by failure.  The vpn client can connect to the vpn server on the new domain because it authenticated and showed a stable connection, but the actual application that uses and runs on the vpn cannot access its intended host through the vpn on the new domain.  Everything works fine on the old.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24428226
When you attempt to ping on the new domain, what are the results?
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Author Comment

ID: 24428296
I can ping the VPN host from both domains, but i cannot ping the server/IP that the application communicates with once the vpn connection is up between the new domain and the vpn server.

Does that make sense?
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Expert Comment

ID: 24428308
If I understand, you are saying that you CAN make a VPN connection from both domains; however, once connected, the client cannot ping the destination server by name?

If this is accurate, when you ping the name of the destination server, what is the result?

Author Comment

ID: 24428429
when i ping the final destination on the remote network i receive a message saying:  "Ping request could not find host  Please check the name and try again."

What do you think?

Author Comment

ID: 24428442
I just discoved that I can ping it by IP but not by domain name.

Author Comment

ID: 24428465
any other ideas?  I cannot change the address that the application connects to, it must connect to the address and not by IP.  Whats wrong with the dns?
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Accepted Solution

chakko earned 250 total points
ID: 24428546
you can use the hosts file to bypass/workaround a DNS or name resolution problem.

try making an entry in your hosts file  (c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts )

add an entry for the IP and name:

add entries for other hosts if you need to.

if you need to connect by netbios name you can make the entry like this:   prefix2

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Assisted Solution

RPPreacher earned 250 total points
ID: 24430258
Add a zone to your DNS for
Add an A record to the new zome pointing to

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