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Trying to connect Vista laptop to corp. XP network via VPN

By dosmith ·
I am a total novice when it comes to Operating Systems and Networking. I have spent countless hours trying to find a fix for my problem; however, I have been unable to do so.

I have a Vista laptop that I used to connect to a corp. network via VPN. The VPN connects and I am able to get beyond the firewall using web-based applications; HOWEVER, I cannot logon to the XP network and see my LAN drives nor can I utilize applications that are two-tier/non-web that require connectivity to the XP network. The connection is marked "Private." I am assigned an appropriate ip address by the corp. network; however, they cannot ping me.

The Windows firewall on my pc is off. The McAfee firewall is configured to allow Cisco VPN total access. I also granted all two-tier apps that I am trying to use total access as well. I do have a Vonage Wireless router that I am going through. I haven't tried the VPN connection plugged right into the Cable Modem, but I will do that now.

Is what I am trying to do even possible? Is it easier than I am making it? Any help is appreciated.

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Did this work properly in the past?

by robo_dev In reply to Trying to connect Vista l ...

Are there other Vista-based or XP-based laptops on your network that can connect properly?

Can this laptop connect and login to the office network locally? (e.g. through the ethernet port)

What version of the Cisco VPN client software are you running?

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Never worked . . . just started this adventure a few weeks ago

by dosmith In reply to Did this work properly in ...

Hi. Thanks for the response. This never worked. Officially Vista is not yet supported, but I haven't heard of anyone else attempting to do this.

When I am physically connected via an ethernet cable to the network in the office. I can see that I am attached to the network, but I still do not have the option of logging on to the network nor can I see my mapped network drives. Actually acts exactly like it does when I'm vpn'ed in from home.

The Cisco client is version 5.0.01.0600. This particular version that is compatible with Vista does not offer the option to launch and connect prior to launching Windows.

Thanks!

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