IPSEC VPN site to site

Posted on 2012-09-17
Last Modified: 2012-09-28
I have setup an experimental site to site IPSEC router based VPN between my work and home networks by following the guides that I had at the time. As instructed the VPN operates over two different subnets 192.168.0.X and 192.168.1.X with it I can authenticate (Logon) to the work network and if I point by DNS to the work servers I can retrieve my email via Outlook. So it seems like I have extended the work domain to my home, which is not bad.

However as the two are on different subnets I cannot browse the other network directory's, map directory's and as a result I would have problems running many applications? Is this correct or is there a simple fix to this short cumming? Simply changing a single home IP on one computer to a static address on the other work network did not work, 50% packet loss?
Question by:RapidityAU
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    by:John Hurst
    Set up the addresses you need at the work site in the hosts file on your home machine. Hosts is in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc.  

    So set up (see the example in hosts) 192.168.1.n servername (or whatever name). n is the actual address.  

    See if that helps.  ... Thinkpads_User

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    Came good on its own. Seems like it just needed more time, maybe for active directory updates to occur. I can now access the shares that were setup at work from my home, on my notebook.

    I will note that group policy on Windows 7 seems to prevent browsing the network.

    Author Closing Comment

    I did not need to try the suggested solution as it came good on its own.

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