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How do I set up a VPN to allow access to the local LAN as well?

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Using the built-in VPN in Windows 7 Network and Sharing center, I need to create a VPN to a facility while still allowing access to local resources like network printers. What are the steps and settings to achieve this?
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by:Charlie2012
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Following are the steps for configuring Incoming VPN Connection in Windows 7

First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
Click on Change adapter settings.
Press Alt+F and select New Incoming connection
Put a check on who you’d like to give access to this computer or you can configure a new account by clicking on Add someone,after that click on Next.
Put a check mark on Through the Internet. Click on Next.
Select the protocols you want to enable for this connection. Click on Allow access.
Make a note of the Computer name as this will be used by the client to connect to this computer and after that Click on Close.
Following are the steps for configuring Outgoing VPN Connection in Windows 7


First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
Click on Set up a new connection or network.
Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.
Select Use my internet connection (VPN).
Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.
Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer.
For getting connected through created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.
Now connect VPN Connection windows will appears.

You should then have access to anything on your LAN. If you do have issues with accessing devices on your LAN you may need to tune your local firewall settings on your machine.
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by:IT-Jesse
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Thank you. I have followed the second set of instructions to set up the VPN connection. I am attempting to connect to a hospital from our doctor's office. Once the VPN is connected to the hospital's network, I am no longer able to print from the network printers (the workstation sends the doc to the print server, to be exact). How can I get the workstation to stay affiliated with my local network while accessing the hospital's VPN as well? Is there an advanced setting I am missing?
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1. Go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.

2. Click on Change adapter settings

To allow the client access your LAN resources, highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties. Put a check mark on Allow all callers to access my local area network.

3. Select the protocols you want to enable for this connection. Click on Allow access. Ensure file and print sharing is ticked.

To share a printer, see Share a printer.

If you're still having trouble sharing files or a printer on a network, make sure Windows Firewall is not blocking File and Printer Sharing. Here's how:

Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Security, and then clicking Windows Firewall.

Click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

In the Program or port list, make sure the File and Printer Sharing check box is selected, and then click OK.


Hope this helps:)
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by:IT-Jesse
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Thanks again!
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