VPN and browsing 'My Network Places'

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Robarb, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. Robarb

    Robarb Guest

    Somewhat of a newbie here. I have SB2003 with ISA2004 running well. When I
    connect from the outside world using VPN, my IP address gets set properly, I
    can get to my company's 'internal website' with IE, and I can print to our
    internal printers. But I can't browse 'My Network Places'. It just sits
    there for a long time and eventually times out. So I can't get to any of our
    internal shared hard drives. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.

    Robarb, Jul 11, 2007
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  2. Sure you can. \\server\share should work; that isn't reliant on browsing.

    Browsing over a routed connection rarely, if ever, works. If your VPN client
    IP contains your WINS server IP, you may (may!) get it to work - but don't
    bother, because you don't need it.

    Note that VPN access to shared files is usually not so great, from a
    performance standpoint. Using RDP via your Remote Web Workplace page to a
    WinXP Pro box on the network, will be much better.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 11, 2007
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  3. Robarb

    kenkcj Guest

    I ran into this problem as well when I set up VPN. As a work around, I was
    able to get to the server files by a shortcut. If you don't want to have to
    type it in everytime, right click on your desktop, and choose new >>
    shortcut. On the prompt where it says to enter the shortcut you want it
    saved as type in \\serverip Where server ip is the internal IP address of
    your server. As a test you can type in the same thing into start >> run and
    it should bring up all of the server folders that are available. I haven't
    been able to get the name resolution working on the vpn and I'm sure that it
    is the reason that its not viewable under my network places. Best of luck!!
    kenkcj, Jul 11, 2007
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