VPN remote window domain login

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by bengiw, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. bengiw

    bengiw LI Guru Member


    I just bought 2 new Linksys RV042 VPN endpoint router and was able to connect them successfully through a secure VPN tunnel. Can someone help me on what I need to do/configure in order to access the workstations with domain login in one end of the vpn tunnel from my home PC (other end of the VPN tunnel).

  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    Once you’ve made the connection and you want to connect to a shared resource that you have rights to from a remote location, open up windows explorer on the "client" computer that's initiating the vpn connection and click on "tools," then “map a network drive.” After clicking on that, choose a driver letter and type the ip address of a computer you have rights to on that network. You would enter the following information as so: \\\sharename

    Where you see sharename is where you will substitute the name of a folder you have share permissions to access (i.e., \\\vpn).

    Before you click finish, click on “connect as different user” because in order to connect, that local machine needs to have a "username and password" created on it so it recognizes who you are. If you are part of a domain, make sure that your "domain user account" has been added to one of the built-in accounts (i.e., power users, administrators, authenticated users, etc...) on each computer you want to access remotely; if you are in a workgroup, make sure you have an recognized user account on "each" computer you want to access.

    After you click "connect as different user," you’ll be asked to type in a username and password that has access rights on that domain or particular workstation (if you are using workgroups). After you enter the information, click ok, then click finish, and try connecting. When the box pops up asking for your credentials, enter the same information that you entered under "connect as different user. If the information you enter matches, the shared resource should pop up, provided the account you entered has the permissions set properly. If so, you’re all good now!

  3. bengiw

    bengiw LI Guru Member

    Hi Jay,

    Thanks for the tutorial, it worked. I was able to transfer a couple of files successfully, which takes me approximately about 4 mins for a 2 Mb file to be transferred. Is this normal? or am I missing some router settings to tweak?

    I'm also encountering some difficulty in connecting to my sql database accross the vpn, do I need to enable something in my router in order to connect to my sql database across the VPN tunnel?

    Thanks again.

  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Your transfer rate is only going to be as fast as the "slowest card" that is connecting. So, if you have a router that's rated at 10/100mbps, and three computers, "yet" one of them has a max speed of 10mbps, then your network will be slowed to the maximum speed of that card (10mpbs). Also, the "maximum transmission unit" (MTU) settings sometimes need to be lowered in the event information transfer is being slowed due to large packets...

    Regarding your sql database, make sure you have access by ensuring it's registered on the domain, had domain accessible accounts assigned to it, and it has shared access granted to remote/local users.

  5. bengiw

    bengiw LI Guru Member

    Still transfer rate is very slow. Adjusted the MTU rate to smaller values and all Lan cards are 100 Mbps. Takes a 2 Mb file in about 5 mins to transfer.

    Forgot to mention, I'm using a sql server authentication instead of Windows authentication in logging in to my remote sql database. Still cannot connect.


  6. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    I have a lot of similar setups....
    Workstations at remote sites are getting the IP address of the DC at the main site as their primary DNS server, correct? If the server is SBS..it will be running WINS also..you can toss that in there. And the workstations at the remote sites have properly joined the active directory of the primary site?
  7. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    What is the connection speed that you are dealing with for both upload and download on both end of your link?
  8. bengiw

    bengiw LI Guru Member

    I got 1 mbps DSL connection for both ends of the VPN tunnel. Speed result by SpeakEasy broadband speed test (250k upload / 1000k download). Remote PC still cannot connect to the SQL database using SQL server authentication, and it takes 5 mins to transfer a 2 Mb file to complete.
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