I have several VPN related problems. The first is that I have a software VPN setup on an XP Pro machine that uses the standard VPN client in XP and connects to a 2003 server. When the client machine connects I cannot access the internet. The Local Area Network Connection says it is still connected though. I just have one app that needs to use the vpn and everything else needs to still use the regular LAN connection.
The second problem is that I can only ping computers in the remote LAN by ip and not by dns name. The the client app that uses the vpn accesses a database on the remote LAN and cannot find it unless I manually configure it using the IP of the target machine. It used to automatically detect the dns name of the app server and the database that it needs to connect to. Therefore I am assuming that the problem is a result of not being able to use dns for the remote LAN over the VPN.