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User can access folder through RDP but not VPN

I have a user who has RDP, VPN (dial-in), and user permissions.  She is able to access her company folder through a shortcut on her desktop when she RDPs.  However, if I try to setup a shortcut on her local desktop to the folder for when she is connected to the VPN it does not find it.  If I connect through the VPN with my administrator rights and open the shortcut on her desktop the folder opens.  She has been granted full control over the folder.  It is located on d$\folder.  I have it mapped as 10.x.x.x\d$\Folder for the VPN shortcut.  

She does successfully connect to the VPN and receives an IP.

She is connecting to a Server 2003 R2 Enterprise server.  It functions as DC, VPN, file storage server.  Suggestions?
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Maniac_47Commented:
How are you logging in as her when the prompt appears?  It should be in the form of DOMAIN\username as the username and regular password.

Also, please be sure that she has "simple file sharing" turned off on her machine.

Is she running XP, Vista, or 7 (and is it home or pro version).  This would help me with a few domain related permissions issues if required.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The path \\10.x.x.x\d$ is for the whole drive. You would not normally put that in a folder path. Try removing the dollar sign.  Also, you may need to add the userid and password into the shortcut unless previously authenticated. ... Thinkpads_User
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Maniac_47Commented:
The dollar sign is necessary as its a hidden share running as a result of the "server" service within services.msc

I understand what you are trying to do, but you may be able to just access the folder via \\serverIPaddress\Folder if the folder itself is shared.

You may not need the dollar sign if the folder is shared, but you will need it if you are trying to access an unshared folder via the Administrative shares (i.e. net share)
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kparrentAuthor Commented:
I am currently having them login with just the username. This successfully connects to the VPN.  It works for me on my account that is in the domain admins as well and NOT the local administrator group.  Not a big deal if we need to go the other way though.

I have tried this on multiple XP systems.  Fairly certain it's some small setting on the server.  I'm just not exactly sure what.  The D drive is shared, however the D:\Folder is not.  However, it should not need to be in order to access it through VPN.  I have other users who are able to access unshared folders through VPN.  The folder is not found under an administrator account without the $.

It prompts and asks for a username and password when creating the shortcut.  It will automatically use the VPN username / pw after restart I believe.
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kparrentAuthor Commented:
Resolved.

I took the easy way out and shared the folder, then mapped it as the VPN port IP (different than server IP) and did x.x.x.x\SharedFolder

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Maniac_47Commented:
isn't that along the lines of what I had said? (sharing the folder and mapping it directly without administrative shares)
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