How Do I Map a Drive Via VPN Once I'm Connected to Windows Server 2003?

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I need to be able to browse files on a Windows 2003 Server. I have a VPN connection already set up on a Windows XP computer and that allows me to connect and log into the server. Now how do I map the drives on the server so I will be able to browse files from the Windows XP computer?

Also need to learn how to set this up so I can browse the server files from a Windows 7 workstation.
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start - run - type the following \\ip address of server\share
wait for it to ask you for credentials, dont forget to use domain\user format
OR...if you are using remote desktop, under options, choose disk drives to connect and they will show up like mapped drives on the server
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If you are looking for a script to perform this, you can create a bat to perform the following:

net use \\serverlocation\share drive (note, if you have admin access you can map the root of a directory using the administrative share c$ for c:\ drive for example)

You can also perform the same task my going to 'My Computer' and clicking map network drive at the top.

Windows 7 should be the same.

If you don't want to be bothered by usernames and passwords, and are not using a domain, be sure that the account you are using and the client machines are replicated to the server with the appropriate user rights.

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Thanks for suggestions. I'm confused as to which IP address I need to map to? I'm guessing not the IP address of the VPN connection, b/c when I try to ping that address from the command prompt, I just get 4 "Request timed out" messages.
You need the local IP address of the server (e.g. 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x) not the public IP that you used in your VPN connection.

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Also, this is on a Domain.

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OK, theras2000. So that should be the IP address listed under the VPN section when I type ipconfig /all.

Let me try that.
no sir, that would be the IP address of the SERVER you are trying to access. Unless DNS is traversing your firewall (uaually not) you will HAVE to have the IP addy of the server with the share you need access to
if you dont know the ip address of the server, if you can get to ANY pc and know the server name, you can ping it, then connect

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OK. This is starting to make sense. I will try some mappings and report back later.

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