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How I'm connected with VPN

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I'm not able to find how I'm able to connect with my network shared drives over the internet at home. I couldn't find anything in network adapters. Only thing I can see below application
in programs and files.
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Is there any way we can find out how the VPN is working?

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KimputerIT Manager
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Depends on a lot of things.

On the office network side, make sure you have a VPN server running. It can be on a server (Windows/Linux or similar), but can also be part of the router.

Then make sure it's Windows natively supported  (PPTP,L2TP/IPSEC or similar), and make a VPN connection through your Windows Settings menu (type VPN as the search term on the main page). If it's not natively supported (like a CIsco or Sonicwall router), then use the available software for free (ideal situation, like Sonicwall's own VPN client), or a paid version if no free version is available (for example Greenbow VPN).
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For clarity's sake, are you saying that when you are at home that you're able to access shared drives at home or no? If the answer is yes....

I'm not able to find how I'm able to connect with my network shared drives over the internet at home. I couldn't find anything in network adapters.
Are you able to access those files when you're not connected online? If so, then Offline Files is enabled on your laptop, and you're basically looking at cached copies of the files from work.

Is there any way we can find out how the VPN is working?
Are you absolutely sure you're connected to the VPN? See my comment above.


Now, if you're not able to access files from home and you're trying to figure out how to do so, then Kimputer's comments apply.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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First make sure your Home Network subnet is different than the Remote Network subnet. (common error).

Then, if you think you are connected, try mapping a server share using  NET USE X: \\ip_address_of_server\folder and authenticate.

If that fails, what numerical error code do you get?

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I have come across something called DIRECT ACCESS in windows 10, workplace connection is connected. Does anyone have experience with Direct Access in windows 10 Settings.
KimputerIT Manager
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You were talking about a home connection? DirecAccess requires Win10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2012 R2. Therefore your home setup probably doesn't qualify.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Agree to the above.  I use a VPN router at my home Office (Cisco RV325)

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I have Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows server 2016, its an Enterprise set up.
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windows 10 Enterprise is using direct Access

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