VPN Win7/8 and Server 2008R2 client name resolution

Posted on 2013-11-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-14

I'm hoping that this is a simply fix (I'm sure that it is).  I have a Windows 2008 R2 domain/VPN server and have clients connect from home now and then.

When I connect from home I'm unable to access any internal resources via DNS.  I must enter the IP address of any server to access it (which is rather annoying).  I can ping and everything else works fine.. it' just seems to be internal DNS name resolution.

I'm sure that this is a DNS issue.. but wondering if anyone has come accross this in the past and how to resolve this under 2008 R2 and Win7/8?

Thank you and looking forward to your replies!

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Yes!  Actually I have.


The second line won't be a direct copy and paste for you... it has to be a specific number of characters long.

The solution will be totally on the workstation end of things.  It's easiest to create a working LMHOSTS file and then just copy it onto the workstations manually.

Hope this helps!
Chris M.
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Alternatively, in the VPN virtual NIC configuration make sure DNS points only to your internal DNS server and under advanced TCP/IP IPV4 properties on the DNS tab add the domain suffix such as mydomain.local, in the use this suffix for this connection.  It is explained in detail in the following .  The link also points to another as to other options such as Host and LMHosts files

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Thank you for the replies.  I know that the LMhost file would work, but sort of need something that can resolve names (as we have a good few machines... and this list changes now and then).  Thank you for the suggestion, however I need something a bit more dynamic.

RobWill:  Thank you.  This is exactly what I was looking for.  Is there anyway I can get our DHCP server to pass this information on automatically?  If so.. this would be the ideal solution!  Also.. if I have a mac.. do you know where I would enter this information?

Thank you again
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What are you using for a VPN server and client?  If using the Windows VPN client you can pre-package a deployable VPN client with all the options included using CMAK (Connection  Manager Administration Kit).   It may look daunting to some but just using most of the defaults you can do so very easily, but if you want to get 'fancy' you can add al sorts of customizations and restrictions, even your own logo.  The details are outlined in the following site:

Once done just send the "package" to the client, they double click on it and it installs.  No manual configuring of the VPN client.  It saves a lot of head aches and support calls.

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That's awesome.  RobWill: I didn't know that this tool existed.

Thank you!  You've all helped alot.


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RobWill: Sorry... we are going to be using the default Windows 7 VPN client along with SSTP.

Thank you

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by:Rob Williams
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CMAK should work well for you.
Thanks Jeremy and best of luck with the project.

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