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VPN connects and can contect to exchange, but cant access terminal application. Only on one computer.

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Hello fellow techies got a strange one here (well for me).

I can connect using VPN on a remote staff users laptop and Outlook is working fine once connected and I can browse network shares. But it wont connect to a terminal CAD application we use nor a web browser application we also use to manage jobs.

I have replicated everything on another computer and everything works fine. On the laptop with the issue I renewed the certificate as I thought this might be part of the problem but no it still doesn't work. It can how-ever connect via IE and RWW.

This laptop has been with the staff member while she was on maternal leave and it used to work fine.

I did find it was still joined to the domain (I didn't do this), so I removed it and joined it to a workgroup as all of the smaller branch offices are set up and they work fine as well.

If anyone can shine some light on this one I'd be very appreciative, thanks.
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Did it have a hosts file (c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc) with an entry to permit access?  Check this, it may have been damaged. .... Thinkpads_User
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Hi thinkpads

Yes I did think of this myself and checked the hosts file and there are no entries in there at all, I also compared this to my computer and they are identical.

I also flushed the DNS on the laptop, pretty much tried all the tricks I have in my bag before posting here.

One strange thing I noticed was I was trying to provide remote support to this user before she brought the laptop in and the application "Teamviewer" was giving a loop back address (127.0.0.1) as its User ID.

Once I plugged it into the network (ethernet), The User ID was something other than what DHCP assigned it but still in the scope. After I removed it from the domain it created another user profile for the user as a local profile. It was still using the domain profile prior to this even though it wasn't authenticating to the domain in the first instance. My old boss said to me this works for a while as it caches certain information.

Anymore questions happy to answer, thanks.
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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It is entirely possible for Outlook to make its own connection where shares and applications do not connect. I have seen that at clients.

Consider the following (on the problem computer):

1. What happens (what answer) when you ping the server address (not the server IP)?
2. In this configuration, I normally myself and for my clients have a script to map the relevant folders on the server once the VPN connection has been made. Can you map folders? And then does this permit terminal application?

... Thinkpads_User
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I ran the script: \\[server name]\Clients\setup\setup.exe /s [server name] on the laptop then everything started working :)

Thanks for the suggestion thinkpads!

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You are most welcome. Thanks for the update and I was pleased to assist. .... Thinkpads_User
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