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VPN connection appears to initiate an un-launched RDP session to our file server inside the office.

Fred Marshall
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Last Modified: 2020-02-24
Very strange situation.
We're using a Netgear FVS336Gv2 router with a VPN set up that's been working fine for years.
Today, the VPN connections wouldn't work so I rebooted the router - which is not something I can recall doing for a long time!
The VPN comes up although it seems to drop out fairly often - which is NOT normal.
So, I might suspect a signal problem with the ISP or ....

Normally, the only use for the VPN is to reach the office's file server workstation.
Today, two of us, when connecting to the VPN - without further encouragement, seems to have tried to connect to that same computer using RDP - which fails.
That is, what we observe is the typical RDP failure dialog as if an RDP session:
1) was asked for.
2) was not enabled at the far end.
I have NO idea where the RDP attempt would be coming from.  

We're using the Greenbow VPN Client - which for all intents and purposes very closely resembles the Netgear client that we had used for years and is discontinued.
But, this is NOT a "recent change" as it's been in use for quite some time now.  Just FYI.
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"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015
GreenBow VPN allows to define a command to execute after connecting. That is set up in the Phase 2 settings, either Advanced or by an extra button at the bottom.

Fred MarshallPrincipal


Qlemo:  Thank you!!  That was it.