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Map a drive over the internet when Server and Client are on Different Domains

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OK Gurus -

I need to map a drive across the Internet.  Challenge is the shared drive is on a Domain Server AND the workstation may or may not be on a different Domain than the shared drive.

Having access issues to say the least.

Thank you
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by:serialband
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How are you currently attempting to connect to it?

The quick & simple answer is to use a VPN.  It should make it look like it's on a local network.  Then you connect as you normally would.
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VPN is fine.    I have a SonicWall TZ-215 on the host side with full Global VPN access.  OK, so I establish the connection from the remote workstation via VPN to the Domain / Fileserver fine no problem.  Now how do I map the drive on the workstation to point to a specific folder on the Domain / Fileserver without using remote desktop?  The folder is shared and permissions set on the Domain server.  No issues accessing it internally (DMZ) with the same login credentials.

The requirement is to run a specific piece of software on the workstation who's data files actually exist on a remote server.  The software needs this remote shared folder to look like a "drive".
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You should be able to map the network drive after you share the drive.

Intstructions to share a drive.
http://kb.iu.edu/data/ahrs.html

Intsructions to map a drive.
http://www.wikihow.com/Map-a-Network-Drive
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Thank you serialband.  I'm familiar with mapping drives but it's still a no go.

BTW - this is a Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Pro workstation

I have added LogMeIn's Hamachi now and have a connection between the two units.  I can ping the other unit but I cannot Map a drive to it.

I've tried using a batch file on the workstation with the command:

net use y: /persistent:no  \\xx.xx.xx.xx\SubDir PASSWORD /user:SERVER1\DOMAIN\USERNAME

Where
y:                                   is to be the mapped drive
\\xx.xx.xx.xx\SubDir    is the IP address and name of the folder on SERVER1
PASSWORD                   is the password for the domain account  USERNAME
DOMAIN                       is SERVER1's domain

This produces a  "The network path was not found"

NOTE:  When logged into SERVER1 via RDP I can access the shared folder just fine when entering \\xx.xx.xx.xx\SubDir into File Manager but just can't map to it remotely.

Seems to be some sort of permissions issue but the account USERNAME I'm using has Domain Admin and Enterprise Admin credentials.  Also tried disabling the Windows firewall but the results remained the same.
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Check that that the ports for SMB and TCP protocols, 445 and 139 are opened and available.
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