|I did some more research and have fixed my own problem. I figured I should let people know what I did in case anyone out there runs into the same problem.|
This solution worked on my home Windows XP Pro SP3 computers that I used to test the VPN connection to the work network.
Once I connected to the VPN, I opened a command window (the thing in XP that looks like an old MS-DOS prompt) by going to Start -> Run -> typing cmd and pressing Enter. In the command window, I entered the following line:
net use z: \\computername\folder-name /USER:computername\user-name *
then pressed Enter. The * causes the program to prompt you for the password. Type it in and press enter. After a few seconds, depending on the speed of your connection, you should get a prompt telling you that the command completed successfully.
If you type in
then press Enter - and the first line returned says "New connections will be remembered" - then you shouldn't have to run that command again. The only issue I ran into was that on reboot/reconnect, accessing the folder for the first time prompted me for the password again, which isn't a big deal. I typed it in, my private files were displayed, and I was quite happy.
In my example command above, you can substitute z: for the drive letter of your choice that you'd like to map the network folder to - so long as that letter isn't already taken.
Also, instead of computername, I was using fully qualified domain names that map directly to the LAN IP address of the computer in question. For example, computername.company.net maps to 192.168.10.101, which is the actual static IP address of computer name on the network. So my actual command looked something more like:
net use x: \\computername.company.net\folder-name /USER:computername.company.net\user-name *
Hope that helps someone out there!