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Windows Home Server VPN

I'm trying to create a VPN on my Windows Home Server. I followed the directions found at the following link EXACTLY.

http://wiki.wegotserved.com/index.php?title=Create_a_VPN_Using_Your_Windows_Home_Server

Unfortunately, when I attempt to connect it says "connection failed with error 619". I have gone so far as to disable the Windows Firewall on both the client and server workstations AND set up my server as a DMZ on the router but still no go.

What can possibly be going wrong?

Server: Windows Home Server 2003
Client: Windows 7 Ultimate
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Russ Suter
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ggefterCommented:
did you open ports on your router/firewall?
PPTP -->TCP port 1723
L2TP --> UDP port 500
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
I set it as a DMZ and disabled my firewall. ALL ports were open and it still didn't work.
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ggefterCommented:
are you trying to connect the right ip? dont put it in dmz ... put it back and make sure that the right ports are open and that they point to the right machine? what is the error your getting?
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
When I try to connect, I get the following dialogs in the following order:
VPN-1.gif
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
Second Screen
VPN-2.gif
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Third Screen
VPN-1.gif
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Fourth Screen
VPN-4.gif
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ggefterCommented:
To resolve this issue, register the Routing and Remote Access server in Active Directory.

was this step done?
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
Since I don't know how to do that, it has not been done. If you could kindly tell me how I'll give it a shot.
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
Hang on a second, this is a Windows Home Server and is not using Active Directory or any domain level services. I don't think that will work.
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ggefterCommented:
hmm, i looked up the error and that is what i found, i then looked over the walk through you posted and confirmed this step was not listed, so im out of ideas as far as "home server" is concerned
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James HaywoodCommented:
Have you actually forwarded ports 1723 & 47? Your router needs to know which IP address to forward these requests to.
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
I have checked the port forwarding. 47 and 1723 are forwarded to 192.168.1.2 which is the static nonroutable IP address of my server.

UPDATE: I tried the VPN from my home computer (inside the router firewall) and it worked fine. I'm very confused now. There port forwrading is set up correctly but it seems to be blocked. I wonder... my office uses a different subnet (192.168.128.0). Is this causing a problem?
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James HaywoodCommented:
Your office may well be blocking you from connecting. Can you try connecting from another location to test this? Also there may be an issue with your work computer firewall. Do you have an IT department or control over your own machine?
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
I AM the IT department at my office. I can't find anything that is blocking me but it seems there is something. I tried from a different location and it worked. This is very odd since I have tried shutting down ALL firewalls between here and there and it STILL doesn't work.

I ended up using Hamachi instead. It's not what I'd originally hoped for but it does seem to get around whatever issue I'm having.
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