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By clint ·
At our company we have about 10 offices that are NOT on the WAN. They are setup in workgroups with printers attached to other workstations, and shared out.

When people VPN in, if they do not have a printer on LPT1, they can't print. The shared printer is unaccessible because the VPN connection becomes their default gateway (if I've analyzed it right). I need to get these clients to print to their local workgroup/shared printer while they VPN in to our corporate network. Immediately when they connect to VPN, their printers go "offline."

Currently we use only TCP/IP, no Netbeui or IPX. I'd guess I could install Netbeui and get the solution to work that way some how, but I'd like to find something easier.

Unfortunately I do not control the VPN Server, and can't make changes to any config's on it.

All clients are Win9x.

HELP!!! Let me know if you need more info.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to VPN, no local workgroup p ...

Have you tried setting the shared workgroup-networked printer to print from LPT2 also on these VPN clients? That might work
You can set up a network printer on a client to print from LPT2 (and the print request goes from LPT2 on the client to the networked printer).
Give that a shot, then see if the LPT2 printer mapping also times out.
If that doesn't work, then try re-mapping the networked printer using the IP address of the workgroup machine instead of the machine name.

hope this helps

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by clint In reply to VPN, no local workgroup p ...

Nope, that won't fix it. These clients that VPN in can't print because they are using a shared workgroup printer. WHen they VPN in, they lose their local network ability. I need to know how to still be able to use a shared printer while VPN'd in. The local workgroup is not part of our company network. In essence, there are two networks, one local workgroup network and then, when VPN'd in, another network.

What can I do?

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by NetTek In reply to VPN, no local workgroup p ...

You don't say what type of VPN client software you are using, but almost all of them that use IPSec have the option to "Exclude local LAN from tunnel". When checked, you should be able to access resources from your workgroup (i.e., your printer). Idon't know if this option is available if you are using PPTP. You may have to browse through your client settings to find it.

You can try installing NetBEUI. However, NetBEUI may not help because the NetBEUI traffic may be sent through the VPN tunnel(although the other side will not respond to it if it is not installed there).

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by clint In reply to VPN, no local workgroup p ...

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by f.oliveira In reply to VPN, no local workgroup p ...

First what type of VPN you are using ?
Second The man in the middle ( router ) is what type??
Third do you use something like ip helper address the broadcast address of the remote network ?
PLS reply to o_fausto@hotmail.com

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