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No shares are shown over vpn but with ip i see them

Posted on 2013-06-11
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Hi,

we have a notebook (win8) that cant access the networkshares on the server if connected via vpn. This problem shows only if we use unc-path (\\servername\share). If we use the ip (\\192.168.2.200\share) everything works fine. It connects to a vpn-router. As DNS-Server there is this server (SBS) entered. A ping to the servername works fine. nslookup is working too.

Any idea ?
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by:peter197911
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My idea it has something to do with the Netbios name resolution that's not working on the VPN router.

What sort of VPN do you use?

Added: I checked some documentation and i indeed think it has something to do with the netbios name resolution....
So again, what sort of VPN setup do you have.

I did red something about LMHOSTS and WINS, which might are part of a solution, but you do need more info first.

You can google yourself also on:  "vpn netbios name resolution"

Please check out the info you find.. I believe you will find your solution in there...
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Fred Marshall earned 500 total points
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This is undoubtedly a NetBIOS traffic issue.
What do the computers show in My Network Places?
If all the computers are shown then the results you're getting are strange.
If only the local computers are shown then the results you're getting are normal.

Some say that NetBIOS name service won't work over a VPN.  Yet, I've had it work.
But, because so many Experts said it would not, I figured I'd never get support so stopped allowing NetBIOS traffic.  Now we do exactly what you're doing.
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by:loosain
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we use  a draytek router and pptp.
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by:loosain
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in the router there is point "netbios naming paket". It is set to "pass". So it should work ?!?
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by:loosain
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i already modified the hosts file. but i will try tomorrow the lmhosts...
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We use the ip
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