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Mapping drives with a QuickVPN connection - help!

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by flatlander, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    By lowering my firewall, I've successfully connected to my office via QuickVPN. Hooray. My problem is logging onto any network drives. I can ping every computer on the network via either their computer name or IP address (10.xx.xx.100, etc). I know the share names but trying to map to anyone of them by either e.g.\\server2004\g or \\10.xx.xx.100\g has consistently returned a "the network path \\server2004\g cannot be found". I'm using a username and password that I know works in the office.

    Any help will be appreciated.
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    When you get a sec, go back and check your share permissions and your security permissions for the directory you want to be available to your remote users. Also, make sure that "if" you have vpn group assignments, that particular group you're giving access must have rights to the share/security configuration.

    Additionally, make sure you have users needing access added to the groups you want to be accessed via vpn.

  3. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    I've added another user name (as an administrator) today to test this. When I have the laptop here at the office using that user name, I can access everything I need. When I come in through the VPN, I'm out of luck.

    The only difference between these two scenarios is being hard-wired vs. using the VPN.
  4. perak

    perak Network Guru Member

    Hi flatlander,

    have you tried to give the username as:
    domainname\user (in Win2k)
    user@domainname (in WinXP)
    when mapping the drives?
    This works for me even if the connecting computer does not
    belong to the domain.
    The user should have the permission to the files.

    How did you manage to resolve the computernames and not only
    being able to ping the IP:s?
    I have big problems to with succeed with this without some
    manual settings on the connecting computer.

  5. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    By following Doc's guide and by disabling the Microsoft firewall on both client and host computers, I was *finally* able to connect with QuickVPN. I'm only able to connect to shared resources by using IP addresses and share names. Trying to connect by computername and share name just doesn't work. I can live with that.

    Doc suggests replacing the MS firewall with NIS. I can understand doing that on the client end where NIS actually has a program to configure. But what about at the host end, where QuickVPN isn't running?

    I'm also running RealVNC once connected. Controlling my office XP desktop from home is very handy.

    Thanks for the help!
  6. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    I thought I had it licked... to good to be true. I'm having almost no success connecting now; consistent "disconnecting" messages. I read here, or in another forum, that one should try to ping the host before clicking off that message. I've also read that this particular message indicates a configuration problem on the client end.

    I *am* able to ping the host before terminating QuickVPN. Furthermore, I can map and connect to shared resources. I've not tested to see just how long I can leave the disconnection message pending. The WRV54G shows me as properly connected as a VPN client.

    Any ideas why I'm experiencing a disconnect when there seems to be no need for one?
  7. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Is your MTU on the router still set at "auto?"

  8. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    Both client and host routers (WRT54G and wrv54g) have MTU settings of "auto".

    Overnight I left the "disconnected" connection going; no problems at all.
  9. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    I threw in the towel with the WRV54G. I now have a Netgear FVS318 and am connecting splendidly with Safe Remote.

    The WRV is headed for Ebay soon. It's too light for a doorstop.
  10. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    That's too bad...

    So, how much you selling it for?

  11. flatlander

    flatlander Network Guru Member

    I hated to do it; I've used Linksys products successfully for a number of years and have several other Linksys pieces in service. But, the amount of time spent was getting unbearable and the tech support language barrier was something else. It's slightly different than carrying on a conversation with a fellow West Texan :shock: I found out with one call to the Netgear support line that they use the same labor pool.

    It appears the going rate on Ebay is somewhere around $90 to $100 + shipping. That lets me know just how badly CompUSA got to me!!

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