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VPN using Windows Home Server

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I have configured my WHS Server following this guide:

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

I am able to successfully connect on my home network, but when I try to connect from another home, the prompt says its connected, but then the network doesn't work on that computer anymore, requiring a reboot.

I believe my problem is identifying the range of addresses for the Client to use when I setup the connection.

My WHS home network address is 192.168.10.x, 255.255.255.0

I've assigned a range 192.168.10.50 to .52 and that didn't work

I also assigned the range 192.168.9.50 to .52 and that didn't work either.

Help!
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by:thoffman
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When you connect with the VPN client, can you browse the remote network, but just not the local network or Internet? If so, it might be the "Use Default Gateway on Remote Network" option.

This page explains it: http://diaryproducts.net/about/operating_systems/windows/enable_disable_default_gateway_vpn_windows

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From my home network, or from an external network?

I have the ability to remote desktop from my home computer to my mom's computer in another city, so that's how I'm trying this out.  When I create the VPN Client, I see it get all the way through registration an it says "Connected", but then my remote desktop session crashes and my mom has to reboot her machine to make that connection go away.  So, basically, the client computer somehow is getting confused after this connection is made.
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by:dlmille
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I did try removing the "Use Default Gateway on Remote Network" option.  I got the same results.  I lost connection to my mom's computer (I guess her network is now until she reboots).

Good try, tho.
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by:dlmille
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Update - I was able to VPN in using my laptop tethered to my blackberry, to access from outside my home network - at least testifying that the Server VPN is up and I can configure this.  However, my mom's computer in another city is still having problems successfully working after connecting to my home network.  What could cause this type of network confusion?
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I self repaired the problem.  All I had to do was delete my mom's client VPN connection, then recreate it - and FINALLY, I was able to connect successfully.  Until I had tried this from other locations, I didn't realize it was my mom's connection that was isolated and I kept going thru the menus over and over, but to no avail.  However, by deleting the VPN connection and re-creating it... SUCCESS!

I'm willing to grant anyone credit who takes me one more step - how do I make the network I connect to thru VPN visible (e.g., able to see the server and other computers on the network).  I've already made it private.

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