VPN won't connect when on local Net

April 22, 2009 at 08:36:34
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all -

I have a company issued XP laptop running Cisco VPN client ( I am able to connect to the main company network via VPN from multiple locations (home, hotels, etc). However I was unable to connect when on our small local office network unless I physically disconnected the (W2K8 Server) domain controller from the network. I ended up downgrading the network from domain to workgroup (Laptop and Company network are on Domain A and local network was in Domain B) and this approach worked fine.

Since then I've had a requirement to add a local exchange server which once again raises the problem of using VPN while a domain controller is connected.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to work around this? Would placing a firewall between servers and laptops work?

Many thanks.

- Miguel

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April 23, 2009 at 07:23:45
You need to explain the situation a little more clearly as your question is confusing. The domain you downgraded to a workgroup, is this part of the company domain you connect to via a VPN?

Is it a completely separate entity?

Is it located in the same office/building as the domain you VPN into?

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April 23, 2009 at 09:30:00
I apologize for the lack of details, this is my first time posting.

The domain I downgraded to a workgroup was for our local office network. It is completely separate from the main company network which is managed by corporate IT. The two networks are geographically separated by about 4,000 miles.

Corporate IT considers our local network as a rogue (i.e. not part of their backbone) and hence provide little support.

The local network is used to share resources amongst a team of seven. I therefore have some flexibility in configuring the local network (within budgetary constraints).

Thank you addressing my question, and please let me know if I should amplify further.

- M.

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