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VPN/WINS - I'm missing something...

By pbtoms ·
I have a hardware (SonicWall) VPN connection between our main office and two branch offices. The VPN is working, I can ping the branch office by IP address. However, I cannot ping by name, and when I try to set up a trust, it can't find the domain. My setup:
Main office is a Win2K server, domain is RRLAW. Branch office is NT4 Server, domain is work. Both are configured as WINS servers. The firewalls (VPN is hardware, firewall-to-firewall) are configured to allow NetBIOS broadcasts over VPN.

I can ping the other office by IP. I can't ping any computer by computer name, and the server here can't find the work domain to configure a trust relationship. If I do a search for the server by IP at my XP workstation I can access everything, but can't get to it by browsing. The work domain shows up in Network Neighborhood (or My Network Places, or whatever the bloody thing is called now), but if I try to open it, it pauses, then says it can't be found.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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by Greybeard770 In reply to VPN/WINS - I'm missing so ...

What we have here is another name resolution problem. It sounds like the WINS servers are not replicating with each other through the VPN. Is there data in the WINS table. You may be succeeding locally with ping by name because of broadcast if they are the same subnet. I don't have first hand experience with the SonicWall product. Is there a possibility it is blocking traffic. Things are listed in Network Neighboorhood because of the Browser service so sometimes things show up there but you can't open the resource because of failure of name resolution.

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by pbtoms In reply to VPN/WINS - I'm missing so ...

Still having the same problem with WINS replication working from the NT end, but not 2K. No biggie, though, 'cause everything else is working. I was typing in "work" for the domain, when I tried "WORK" it worked. *sigh* Thanks for your help!

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by pbtoms In reply to VPN/WINS - I'm missing so ...

More info - I checked the WINS servers in both locations. I couldn't get the 2K server to replicate, it said the other wasn't set up for it. I went to the other, and it replicated (Push/Pull) fine. Back to this one, still no replication.

Now Ican ping by name. But when I try to set up the trust, it still says it can't find the "work" domain. Cannot be contacted. So I can see it, but can't use it. Any thoughts?

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