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I need to setup a vpn link via a draytek 2820 router to a vista pc. I can connect to the router from a remote pc ok but I cannot access anything on the server. Any help will be gratefully received. I have been trying for a couple of days now without success!
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Thanks very much for input. I don't really see how it helps though. Perhaps I had better give more info as to the setup.
I need the server (vista home premium) to act as a stand-alone vpn server. It is connected to the Draytek 2820 router. That is, in turn, connected to an adsl broadband circuit which came with a static ip address. The client pc that I am using to test the vpn is running XP Pro. I set the router up first to provide internet access  to the vista machine...no problem with that. Next I enabled the vpn client connection at the XP pc. Once again I assume that went ok because when I initiate the connection the VPN led on the 2820 lights up and the connection is indicated as ok on the client pc.
I have "shared" a couple of folders on the vista system for test purposes. What I cannot do however is to see anything on the server from the client pc. I created an "incoming connections" on the vista m/c and disabled the firewall on it. I just cannot get any further. What I need to know is where I am going wrong and what to do next. I must be doing something wrong otherwise I would be able to access the shared files on the vista pc. Incidentally I am calling into it from the xp system which is connected via a totally separate b/band service and even the subnets are different.
Look forward to further advice and if possible a step by step guide as to what I should do. This is doing my head in!!
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Vista Home Premium is not designed for networking.  You would need at least the Business Edition or Ultimate Edition.  You could use windwos home server a low cost server.

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ALthough its not designed fo rit it will still work. The problem you have is DNS related Im sure and as you dont have an option to set up a dns server you ould need to target the computer using its IP address i.e \\192.168.1.1\sharename.
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I am sure that the problem is related to the vista settings.  The server's ip is 192.168.1.10 and I can ping this from the xp client pc via the vpn but although I have tried plug1's suggestion I still cannot access the server's shared content.
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Can you access the share locally and if so how do you do that?
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Also upgrade the firmware to the latest version there was a vista related vpn fix recently Im sure.
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I have to admit that I never thought of checking to see if I could access the share locally. I had dismantled my own lan in order to test the draytek router so my xp system was then connected to a separate adsl service. I reconnected everything this evening and lo and behold I cannot access the shares on the vista pc across the lan. Although no firewall is operating on the vista pc and all sharing is enabled and I can ping its ip it fails to be accessed. It does however let me access shares in reverse (on the xp pc). Never did like vista!!
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LOL, vista can be a pain in the ar5e. Whats the error when you try to connect, and can you do a net view to it from the xp machine?
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Thanks everyone for your ideas but I have just solved the problem. I found a tech doc at winhlp.com/node/179 The reason I could not access the shares on the Vista pc (plug1 I would go further and say that Vista is crap) was because the Windows user login did not have a password set. I simply created a password for my own default login and lo and behold I have full access.
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Whitland Windows 7 is alot better.. give me the points anyway lol..
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