After VPN Config, I Lose Internet Access

November 26, 2010 at 01:04:55
Specs: Windows Vista
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OK, I tried to configure my server at home so that I can use my files and share them easily at work. So I set up VPN (Virtual Private Network) using tools provided in Windows Server 2003.

Done and have it connected, I lose the internet connection. Only back up when I disconnect the VPN. I want to know why, because I don’t want to lose the internet while having the VPN because I need to send and get file back and forth all day.

I searched the internet but found nothing, except long and not-helping solutions from Windows website. So, I figured how to find one. So, I meddled with my connection… until I found the solutions.

Here’s how (I’m using Windows Vista here):

1. Open your Manage Network Connections.

2. Right click on your VPN connection and choose Properties.

3. Click on the Networking tab, choose Internet Protocol Version 4, and click Properties.

4. Click on Advanced.

5. Untick Use default gateway on remote network.

6. Disconnect from VPN and reconnect. You should be able to use internet normally again.

7. As you could have figured out already, when you connect to your VPN, the settings for internet has been made to use the remote gateway, not your current internet gateway. That’s why!

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November 30, 2010 at 08:08:56
While I'm not familiar with setting up a Windows 2003 VPN enabled server, I believe what you're looking for here is the option to enable 'split tunneling'. Make sure this is enabled on the VPN server as if it's not, you will not have internet access from VPN clients (end user computers) once connected.

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