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Setup of a LAN printer on home and VPN network

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We have a LAN setup in our office with a 2012 server - the IP range is 192.168.1.1-255.
My director uses VPN to dial in to the server from home to get access to files and folders that are on the server. The PPTP server will give him an IP address in the same range. This part works well.
The problem comes when he wants to print to his home printer (which is on a LAN, not USB). Items sent from home to the office printer run off fine but as the IP range is the same (192.168.1.1-255) the home printer will not print it - I think this is the case until he disconnects the VPN which is not very practical.

I see PPTP is very obsolete - so perhaps I need to implement a new VPN system on this MS 2012 server?

Any advice on the setup would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Jack
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AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.
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Yeah won't happen, leaving the ports open to his home network is essentially a massive security hole, whilst you can allow access to local network resources, you shouldn't because you can hack his home machine, then the business machine and then get into your network, him being a director increases this risk.

Can you do it, yes unblock local resources on your VPN client, just because you can do it doesn't mean you should.

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Either you setup up the office lan as 10.10.x.x series or you could ask the director change his lan setup at home to 10.10.x.x series
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That won't work because of the VPN, it's a tunnel between the machine and his corporate network. This is the entire reason of a VPN, it secures everything between the machine and the network so the networks you're going through are inaccessible
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Okay ... I thought the printer won't work cause it running on the same class of ip as the vpn.
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No that has nothing at all to do with it, the entire premise of a VPN is security, leaving a gaping hole between your network and the unsecured, dirty network that tends to be in ANY home is a massive risk, you WILL fail any security audit carried out by an independent party.

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IC... it happens to me before after I change my home lan to 192.168.x.x  the corporate vpn works. I Guess I was in luck
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that and you're an Admin which means you could possibly have a different ruleset :-)

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Many thanks all. THat has given me the info I need to fix this. Should be relatively straight forward to reconfigure the home side of things.