Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Accessing Windows Shares Across a VPN

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mark shapiro said...

I recently set up VPN between two offices using identical linksys RVS4000 routers. I am able to ping computers on either end. One office is X.X.8.1 and the other is X.X.9.1. I am able to run client software at remote office accessing server at main office(Remote Desktop is unexplainably faster but not practical) My problem is that I can't figure out how to add printers (not network printers) from remote office, and I can't see remote computers on either group's network neighborhood. I have both offices setup as same Workgroup. Any advise would be appreciated

Joe said...

Two suggestions (I'm not sure if they'll work but give them a try):
1) If the RVS4000 has a "enable netbios broadcast" setting in the vpn settings, try enabling it. The RV042 has such a setting but I'm not sure about the RVS4000.
2) If that doesn't work, try creating an "lmhosts" file on each computer. You should find a sample, with comments, at C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\lmhosts.sam

Hope that helps.

Mark Shapiro said...

After browsing last night I looked into NetBios but not on router, I had it turned on on several computers(in advanced TCPIP properties) at both offices this morning and haven't checked it out yet. I will look into LMHOSTS but I have no idea what it is although that kept popping up durinf my search.
Thanks for the help, I will let you know what worked

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alex smith said...

Aside from Remote Desktop, which can be a little tricky to get working between local networks across the internet, the answer has always been a vpn, or virtual private network. In fact, VPNs are the solution of choice for most large corporations whose employees need access to the corporate network from remote locations. VPNs are secure, allow for various types of authentication, and when they work ... well, it's just like being there.