Viewing Files over VPN in Windows 7

Hello Experts,

When I connect to VPN through Windows XP everything works fine.  I can map drives, open folders and see files.  On Windows 7 I can Map Drives, Open folders, but I cannot see the files.  Is there something I am missing?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
On the XP machine, was there an entry in the Hosts file that has not been copied over to the Windows 7 machine?  

Is there some group policy that specifies the machine or user that can look at these files? and so did the change of computer affect this?

Is there an entry in the VPN setup that needs to be updated for change in computer?

If permissions are OK, there is no difference between XP and Seven in looking at files.
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edrosieAuthor Commented:
There is nothing in the host file on the XP machine, there are no group policies specifying computer connections.  I am using the VPN Client that came with Windows 7.  On the XP machine Windows SBS 2003 provided a client to connect via VPN.  But it does not work with Windows 7.  So the VPN client is what is different.  But, it does not make sense.  I can map or UNC to any folder on the server through the Windows 7 VPN but I can't see subfolders or files.  I can see folders in the root of the share but if I open a folder it appears empty.  Does this make sense?  Note I don't have this issue with Windows XP
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have been accessing folders and files on Small Business servers with XP, then Vista and now Windows 7. So long as I set my Windows machines up the same, I can always access the Small Business Servers without issue.

The VPN client is probably the only thing left. What was the particular VPN client for XP? And what VPN client are you using for Windows 7?  Is there a NAT Traversal capability on your VPN client?

Separately, open the Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel or from the desktop on Windows 7. Go to Advanced Settings. Make sure your network on the Windows 7 machine is using Home/Work and not Public, Open up the Work settings, generally loosen them up, make sure you are using userid's and passwords, make sure you are not using Homegroup.

In Control Panel -> Folder Options, make sure you are not using the File Sharing Wizard.

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edrosieAuthor Commented:
I am still not sure what was affecting the permission on that Share but at least we got it to work.  Thanks for your help
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are welcome. That stuff is tricky (many variables) and I am glad you got it working. ... Thinkpads_User
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