I am having a problem with connecting two remote workgroups via VPN. Here are the specs:
Workgroup 1 Named CCC
20 peer to peer computers running Windows 2000 and XP Pro
1.5M DSL Internet connection using Linksys VPN router and 10/100 switches and Cat 5e cable
All computers on this lan can see and share files, no connection issues
Workgroup 2 named Workgroup
5 peer to peer computers running XP Pro
Cable modem internet connection running about 1.5M to 4.0M very fast, using Linksys router (no Vpn) with Dell Gigabit switch cat 5 cable( soon to be rewired with cat6)
All computers on this Lan can connect and share files and printers no connection issues
What I am trying to accomplish
Connect one Workgroup computer to the CCC workgroup via Microsofts VPN so that I can access a database program.
Heres where I am at
I set up a VPN server on one computer on CCC workgroup, forwarded the 1723 port on the router to this computer.
I set up MS VPN client on one computer connected to WORKGROUP and it will connect to the server on CCC. ( the locations are about 3 miles apart, no line of sight) I connected and go to the other sight and see the computer connected to the server in Network connections. I can ping both compters, the server pings the client and the client can ping the server, both no loss of packets. The connection stays connected for at least 4 hours, (while trying different things)
PROBLEM: Once connected I cannot map any network drives, connect or see any shared folders/drives. I have enabled Netbios on both ends, the client connects using anpassword protected account name. The account name is exactly the same on both computers. I have disabled XP simple file sharing and given the account administrator permissions on both ends.Pinging using netshare does not show the remote shares either way, client server or server client. I have checked the services enabled on both ends and have terminal services enabled as well as remote access. I have checked and both ends are set to allow remote connections. I believe I am connected, just cannot see or connect to any shares. ( I have read and re read Bobs web pages about VPNs) One last note, the VPN server is on the computer that holds the data I want to access. I have the VPN server set to assign IP range 192.168.1.200 to .225 Both LANS use 192.168.1.###. I cannot connect with remote desktop either and that is enabled. If I try to connect with remote desktop after the VPN is connected I get error saying cannot complete more than one cannection instance, shows it is connected via VPN. If I try to connect RD without VPN message says cannot find host/computer. IDEAS? PLEASE!