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SBS2003 VPN - Remote Computer not in Domain to connect

I am using a SBS2003 R2 server in one locaiton with a second Server stoage server (Same location) and I am trying to use the VPN on my home computer. I use to be able to connect to the SBS server, then I added a second network card  in the server and can no longer map or connect the storage server on my home machine. To connect I have typed in \\Server and \\Storage in RUN, now it does not find \\server. I also cannot connect a netwrok drive to a shared foldder on the server.

Do I need this second network card? is it really needed? What real advatages are there for having one ard connected to the router and one to the local intranet?
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
i HAVE ATTACHED A PDF OF THE CURRENT LAYOUT TO HOPFULLY HELP CLARIFY THINGS FURTHUR. i NEED THIS FIXED THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY IS ASKING FOR HIS HOME MACHINE TO DO THIS AND I FUGURE ONCE MINE WORKS I CAN MAKE HIS AS WELL.
NETWORK-LAYOUT.pdf
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
After some playing I can now connect to the SBS server but cannot connect to any servers past the sbs server on the netwrok from the home machine.
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mkriszCommented:
I don't see the point why you added a second NIC card to that server. You could use just one NIC and put those three servers to the router (you don't need that switch).
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
All material from MS that I could find indiacted to set up SBS 2003 in this fasion for security control.
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HiltonParkCommented:
Hi

When you added the second Nic did you re run the SBS network/VPN setup wizard? If you did not it would be worth your while to do so SBS 2003 by its nature does like to have things changed via its wizards.

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HiltonParkCommented:
Hi

Having looked at your network layout I agree with mkrisz you do not need the switch, however MS do recommend SBS 2003 setup with 2 Nic one internal one external. I have used this method but again always using the wizards to make changes.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Though you can add a second NIC there is little security advantage as your users are still connecting to your DC which is the biggest concern. SBS has built in wizards and methods for making any networking changes. In most cases not using these wizards will break something. If you want to use 2 NIC's you need to add the second NIC, run the CEICW (Configure e-mail and Internet Connecting Wizard), make the SBS the default gateway for all PC's, then run the "Configure remote Access Wizard". This configures the server, Internet access, DNS, permission, routing, VPN, and name resolution.

However there is no need for the second NIC. If you want to remove it, do so then run the CEICW, and then The "Configure Remote Access" wizard. DO NOT make changes to the LAN NIC. Instructions for using the SBS VPN wizards can be found:
http://www.lan-2-wan.com/SBS-VPN-instr.htm
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
OK, so I ran the CEICW, then the remote wizard with no luck. I then disabled the 2nd NIC and have all servered from the switch as well as the router (it is the firewall). I have re-run the wizards and I am having the same issue.
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
Here is an updated layout to help clarify what I did. Each server is pointing to the router as the gateway, and the SBS server for the DNS in the TCP/IP settings (network card properties).

Sweet while writting this i figured it out.

On the remote machine i have to use //storage.companydomain.local/<shared folder> as the address and then use companydomain\user name at the login prompt to map a drive on the VPN, I was letting it use the default at the log in before, duh.




NETWORK-LAYOUT.pdf
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Are you saying you have the VPN working except you have to add the domain suffix?
If so you can manually add to this to the client as per my blog. See the second item under #4:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/robwill/archive/2008/05/10/vpn-client-name-resolution.aspx
However as per my earlier link, if you use the "Create remote access disk" and install the VPN client that way, or download the same client from the RWW site this will add the SBS connection manager to the client which will look after the domain suffix and much more automatically.
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
I always could connect through the VPN, I could not get to some of the servers after the SBS server.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
But are you saying it is working now?
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
Yes, all arears to be working now. I was able to map the drives. I am now trying to conect Outlook 2003 to the exchnage server. it connects fine but wants to download all the email from the server (to claryify, remove the email from the server to the remote machine). I dont have the setting to leave the email on the server after I set up the mailbox. Any ideas?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Are you using Exchange with SBS 2003? If so I assume you are not "POPing" the mail? Using a normal Exchange mail account should sync the mail, i.e. leave it on the server and sync a local copy on the local machine. You can reduce network traffic by setting it just to download headers. That way it doesn't download the whole e-mail unless you open it.
The setting is located in Outlook under: Menu bar | options | Mail Set up | Send/receive | Edit | Folder options
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
I am not POPing, it should sync. That is how the user machines work in the office. I will be home in about an hour and I will check that setting in folder options. Will it still download the email from there? I need it to remain on the server.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
It should never remove the mail from the server unless you enable POP access, which is disabled by default, and configure it on the client.
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
Well it is, but only from the remote machine. It does not remove the mail from Outlook on my laptop, which is on the sbs2003 domain and connected through the VPN (i also tak it in the office and dock it).

I opened Outlook on the remote computer and I strat to see emails comming in then I losed it before all coul dbe transfered. I then opened the OWA and the emails were gone.

Were do I fix this? Outlook was installed on the remote machine the same as the laptop I use. Also, when setting up the account mailbox on the remote machine I get a notificaiton at the final screen that states it will download the mail to the local lmachine and I would have to go chnage it otherwise. When I try to the option is not there.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Are you sure the problematic remote machine is not set up using a POP account and not Exchange account? I really cannot see this happening with an Exchange account. I assume this user is using a VPN. Though that is fine it is simpler and more secure to use rpc/http and there would be no VPN required.
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
Please tell me me more, I have read a little about the rpc. It is being setup as an exchange account, why would it notify me of the issue during setup?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
rpc/http allows Outlook to connect securely directly to the Exchange server over the internet the same way as you would in the office. It will just ask for the password when you first open it. You just have to make a few changes on the client. Instructions, with specifics for your serve can be found by going to the remote web workplace page and selecting "Configuring your Computer to use Outlook via the Internet"
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industrycageAuthor Commented:
because.
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