Connecting from home office to office server

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Ed Boyd, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Ed Boyd

    Ed Boyd Guest

    Does it make a difference whether one side has Vista and the other side
    has XP? I contend not... as connecting is just plain old connecting.
    The OS problems arise if compatiblility is needed to run the software on
    either end. What's he doing asking a question and then answering?
    The problem I have is that I bought a new desktop computer for my home
    office and as we know all new computers come with Vista. The office is
    still using XP.. I am having trouble connecting to the office server.
    All I get at the office is the two different OS argument... I say that
    is bull. I am trying to avoid reverting back to XP just to comply. It's
    not fun! Anyone agree with me... or am I smoking something!?
    Thanks
    Ed Boyd, Absolute Mortgage Corp
    Bellevue WA
     
    Ed Boyd, Jul 27, 2007
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  2. We need more information to help. How do you connect to the office, VPN or RDC?

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    Does it make a difference whether one side has Vista and the other side
    has XP? I contend not... as connecting is just plain old connecting.
    The OS problems arise if compatiblility is needed to run the software on
    either end. What's he doing asking a question and then answering?
    The problem I have is that I bought a new desktop computer for my home
    office and as we know all new computers come with Vista. The office is
    still using XP.. I am having trouble connecting to the office server.
    All I get at the office is the two different OS argument... I say that
    is bull. I am trying to avoid reverting back to XP just to comply. It's
    not fun! Anyone agree with me... or am I smoking something!?
    Thanks
    Ed Boyd, Absolute Mortgage Corp
    Bellevue WA
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], Jul 28, 2007
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  3. Ed Boyd

    Ed Boyd Guest

    Robert...my attempts have all been via the Connection Wizard in Vista
    and the option choice always ended up as VPN.
     
    Ed Boyd, Jul 28, 2007
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  4. Ed Boyd

    Jmalsam Guest

    Ed, I'm having sinilar problems. I can sign into and get into the VPN and do
    remote desktop, but I can't access any of the files on the VPN as I was able
    to on XP without doing RDC. With XP once I was logged into the VPN, all the
    files showed in "my network places" and I could just click on the one I
    needed to access. I now cannot do that. Microsoft told me I needed to
    upgrade to Ultimate...that has made no difference. They are now telling me I
    need to pay $250 for "that level of support". I don't know why I wouldn't go
    back to XP, except for all the $ I've already spent on Ultimate!! Terrible
    service from such a large reputable company.
     
    Jmalsam, Jul 28, 2007
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  5. Ed Boyd

    Jmalsam Guest

    Robert, if you can help me I will jump up and down and scream and yell!
    Please read here my reply to Ed's thread: Ed, I'm having sinilar problems. I
    can sign into and get into the VPN and do remote desktop, but I can't access
    any of the files on the VPN as I was able to on XP without doing RDC. With
    XP once I was logged into the VPN, all the files showed in "my network
    places" and I could just click on the one I needed to access. I now cannot
    do that (none of the VPN folders show in my network places). Microsoft told
    me I needed to upgrade to Ultimate...that has made no difference. They are
    now telling me I need to pay $250 for "that level of support". I don't know
    why I wouldn't go back to XP, except for all the $ I've already spent on
    Ultimate!! Terrible service from such a large reputable company.
     
    Jmalsam, Jul 28, 2007
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  6. You can certainly use Remote Desktop to access an XP Pro Remote Desktop
    "host" from a Vista client. Vista (any edition, not just Ultimate), can act
    as a Remote Desktop client. I do that all the time. Just make sure the Vista
    client is configured like this...

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/ScreenShots/XP/RDP6-XPClientSettings.jpg

    General Remote Desktop help, hints, troubleshooting, etc...

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/RemoteDesktop/RemoteDesktopSetupandTroubleshooting.html

    Use a *STRONG* password...

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    Sooner Al [MVP], Jul 29, 2007
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  7. With the VPN you may need to either change the network location type or use
    an lmhosts file to access shares through the VPN tunnel.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0906.mspx

    Here is an example client lmhosts file similar to the one I use on my Vista
    PPTP VPN laptop client...

    http://theillustratednetwork.mvps.org/Vista/PPTP/Examplelmhosts.txt

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    Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)

    Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the
    mutual benefit of all of us...
    The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights...
    How to ask a question
    http://support.microsoft.com/KB/555375
     
    Sooner Al [MVP], Jul 29, 2007
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  8. What's the system code if using net use \\remotepcipddress?

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    Robert, if you can help me I will jump up and down and scream and yell!
    Please read here my reply to Ed's thread: Ed, I'm having sinilar problems. I
    can sign into and get into the VPN and do remote desktop, but I can't access
    any of the files on the VPN as I was able to on XP without doing RDC. With
    XP once I was logged into the VPN, all the files showed in "my network
    places" and I could just click on the one I needed to access. I now cannot
    do that (none of the VPN folders show in my network places). Microsoft told
    me I needed to upgrade to Ultimate...that has made no difference. They are
    now telling me I need to pay $250 for "that level of support". I don't know
    why I wouldn't go back to XP, except for all the $ I've already spent on
    Ultimate!! Terrible service from such a large reputable company.
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], Jul 29, 2007
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