|I've set up a small Windows 2000 Server SP4 on a small network. This server is configured as a remote access server for VPN clients. On this network I have a Win 2003 Server (we call it JERRY, don't ask) as the Active Directory system for the site. It's IP address is 192.168.2.6. The 2003 server is also the DNS server, WINS server, and DHCP server as well for the network. I have all the necessary ports forwarded in our firewall for PPTP. At home I have a Win XP laptop with a VPN Client connection profile to the VPN server using PPTP. In the profile, I have set a static entry for the DNS server (192.168.2.6) and the same goes for the WINS server entry. I DO NOT have use default gateway on remote network checked on the profile. The laptop is part of the AD domain. |
If I login locally to the laptop and use the VPN profile it connects but WINS does not seem to work. So I can connect to JERRY by performing \\192.168.2.6 but NOT \\Jerry.
Next, I restared the laptop and when I was about to login, I checked use a dailup connection with the VPN profile. The system connected, but it took 15 mins to connect and when it finished the login, I can tell the GPO never ran, some or all network drives did not map and login scripts did not run. The EventLog says it couldn't find the domain controller name for the computer network.
Elsewhere online someone said it sounds like a WINS issue or DHCP. Someone suggested setting the WINS NODE TYPE setting in DHCP to 0x2 instead of the default 0x0. I did this and the next time connected to the VPN server either logged into the laptop locally or thru the VPN Dail up system, NETBIOS started to work. If I dailed up, scripts ran, drives mapped, folder redirection worked, everything worked as planned.
That was all last night. Tonight I am back to slow dail up VPN logins and no NETBIOS working. All the settings I have mentioned above have not changed. BTW, I have also tried connecting to the VPN server and relying strictly on the DHCP server on the remote end, so I took out the static entries for DNS and WINS servers. After I connect you can run IPCONFIG and clearly see that the VPN profile has the correct DNS and WINS server settings via DHCP.
This is driving me crazy. Why is NETBIOS not working when I am telling my system exactly where the WINS server is? Any ideas of how to fix this?