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VPN and RDP simultaneously with separate network connections

By andrewpull ·
I've got two XP machines, one of which performs a very specialized function, to which it remain solely dedicated. I would prefer to stash it out of the way (no display, keyboard, or mouse) and just connect to it/control it via RDP when necessary.

HOWEVER, that secondary machine occasionally needs to be connected via VPN to an offsite network, and obviously firing up that VPN would disconnect the RDP session I would be using to control it.

Bottom line is, I want to use a peer-to-peer wireless connection to run the RDP connection over, and have the two machines connected to the internet with physical NIC connections. It all works perfect in my mind, but I can't get XP to cooperate.

How can I configure my computers to work like this?

PC #2=VPN=(Cable)==offsite network
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wireless
peer-to-peer
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[RDP]
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PC #1-------(Cable)----Internet

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RE: VPN and RDP simultaneously with separate network connections

by david.hewison In reply to VPN and RDP simultaneousl ...

Providing PC#1 and PC#2 are on the same IP subnet and that subnet is different from the remote network that is the target or the VPN it should be possible to RDP to the VPN client.

If using the Microsoft VPN client on PC#2 ensure you untick the 'use default gateway on the remote network' in the TCP/IP properties of the VPN profile.

- David Hewison

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