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By ljones279 ·
How do I map my server drive to my VPN client once I have the connection
I am able to ping my server but it doesn't show up in the network places, I have to go in to search for computers and it will then be found

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by mshavrov In reply to VPN resources

You have to perform some kind of NetBIOS Name resolution. It may be WINS server or LMHOSTS file.

1. If you have WINS Server installed in your infrastructure, you should configure your VPN server to push WINS settings along with all other IP settings in DHCP packets. Another way to configure it is in configuring WINS server in your TCP settings manually, but it's specific to VPN client you have - some software clients don't allow you to configure anything (Cisco VPN Client, for example).

2. If you don't have WINS Server, you may configure name resolution through LMHOSTS file. Usually it's located in "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc". Just add your servers according to example, provided in the file and reboot your computer. You may add "#PRE" at end of the lines to have names be loaded in memory all the time.

Good luck,

Michael Shavrov
(CCNP, CCDP, CCSP, MCSE W2K, MCSE+I, ...)

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by gregross In reply to VPN resources

The easiest way to work with this without reconfiguring VPN clients or the firewall is to do a search for computers and punch in the IP of the server you are trying to map a drive to and once you find the server you will be able to browse its resources and map drives from there. You will then have a mapped drive using the IP rather than the netbios name.

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