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By bowieb ·
My office has a Windows NT 4.0 network with a Win2000 server offering VPN access. The problem is that my Win98 systems dialing in via VPN get authenticated from the PDC, but do not actually log into the domain, so they can't access the NT shares.
When I try to connect to any of the NT shares, I get a message asking for a password for the IPC$ share. (there are no passwords on these shares and neither my password, nor the administrator password are accepted)

When I try to connect to any of the Win98 shares, I can see them, but only after getting 3 or 4 messages complaining about not being able to browse the workgroup they're in.

I know this has to do with the Client for Microsoft Networking. How can I configure it to log the computer into the domain only after the VPN connection has been made, but still be able to connect to local shares before making the connection?

I have been able to get limited success by playing with the bindings (bind the Client for MS Networking only to TCP/IP for VPN), but that seems to break my local networking.

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by gbainbridge In reply to Login to network via VPN ...

I set up VPN access for our LAN several months ago and had a similar problem. Here's how to log on to the remote domain via VPN:

Be sure that in the configuration of the VPN connection on the client PCs that the "Log on to domain" box is selected. That way, you can specify the log on domain for the remote LAN, and can authenticate not only with the VPN server, but with the Domain controller. This will correct the IPC$ password prompt.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean in the second question- "How can I configure it to log the computer into the domain only after the VPN connection has been made, but still be able to connect to local shares before making the connection?" More info might be helpful here.

Thanks!

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by bowieb In reply to Login to network via VPN ...

I don't see a "Log on to domain" box, but there is a "Log on to network" box in the properties for the VPN connection. This box is checked by default.

Were you using the standard Windows VPN client on your LAN?

What I was referring to in my second question was that I had been able to get limited results by unbinding the Client for Microsoft Networks from the LAN card and leaving it bound only to the VPN connection. The result of this was that I was unable to browse my local network, butthe MS client fired up and logged onto the domain when I made the VPN connection.

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by gbainbridge In reply to Login to network via VPN ...

Ah, now I understand. I had a similar problem, but I can't say that I know the solution. I had a laptop with a NIC and a modem. The NIC was used locally on the LAN, and the modem was used with a DUN/VPN connection to the LAN from a remote location.

In every case like this, I was unable to use the modem and NIC simultaneously and make a VPN connection. If the NIC was enabled in the device manager, the VPN wouldn't work. I had to create a hardware profile that disabled the NIC to allow the VPN connection to work with the modem. Since then, I've had no problems.

I even posted my question on the config issue here, and didn't get any insight into the resolution of the problem. I played with bindings and everything I could think of and could not resolve the problem. If you get it figured out, will you let me know the solution?

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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by bowieb In reply to Login to network via VPN ...

Still haven't found a solution. Luckily the main things we need are IP-based, so it's not too big a deal.

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by nhmorrison In reply to Login to network via VPN ...

The easiest way that we have found to get around this is to install a terminal server client onto the PCs. The user connects with the VPN session then fires up a terminal sesion and has everything they'd have at the office. It doesn't solve the problem, but it gets the user to the information they need with minimal effort on our part.

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by bowieb In reply to Login to network via VPN ...

I don't know much about terminal server. This is the only Win2000 server we have.

I'm looking for a solution, not a workaround.

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