Solved VPN Client cannot see shares

October 14, 2011 at 15:59:54
Specs: Server 2003

I have been working on this problem for days now. Here is the setup. I have a Netgear router and I am using the SSL VPN to connect to the LAN from outside. Everything works fine, and I can ping the server (10.0.0.3). I want to connect to the shares on the server which is running AD, and all local computers are part of that domain, and all users log into it. So when I VPN in, I don't see any shares on the network, which makes sense. I try to connect to the share by browsing to it "\\10.0.0.3\C$ and I get asked for username and password, and on the top of the window it has "Connect to server.Access.Inc.local" so it seems that it is talking to the server at this point. This is where it breaks. I enter a user/pw combination from the server that has access to the shares, but it does not accept it. Is there some setting on the server that would restrict this connection?

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#1
October 14, 2011 at 16:34:50

vpn into what?

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October 14, 2011 at 16:56:43

Sorry, I am VPN'ing into the netgear router.

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#3
October 14, 2011 at 17:01:18
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Good to know. So you are getting a local to the server ip address?

I assume your pc/laptop is not joined to the domain? So you would be accessing peer to peer.

Is your user account an admin account? It has to be to access C$

Access C$ will show no shares but file structure. Once you access C$ you can browse to the folder that is shared but you will not see in My Computer the list of shares.

BTW someone screwed up on the domain name.
should have been just access.inc
access.inc.local is a subdomain with access being a subdomain of inc.local your root domain. .local is the root domain just like .com .net etc

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#4
October 14, 2011 at 19:30:17

No, my laptop is not on the domain, so it is peer to peer. Does it need to be an admin account to access C$ if C is shared? If I connect the machine directly to their LAN, and set the workgroup to the same as their domain, I can connect to C$ as a standard user. Unfortunately the person that set this up, decided to share the entire drive. I am just the outside guy coming in to help with the VPN. I would not set it up that way either, but as it stands, the entire C drive is shared. The domain was a typo, it should have been AccessInc.local. Other ideas?

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#5
October 16, 2011 at 09:00:43

"Does it need to be an admin account to access C$ if C is shared?"
C$ is an admin share. If you have shared c: as another share its whatever permissions to the share that count.

Are you getting a local lan if from the vpn server? Have you tried \\ipaddress\sharenme?

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#6
October 16, 2011 at 18:03:05

I am not sure I understand your question. I can ping the server when I VPN in. I have tried \\ipaddress\share, and it asks me to login, but the user/pw that I use when on the local lan, or any or the usernames/pws will work. Almost like it knows I am not on the same subnet, so the server is not allowing the connection.

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#7
October 16, 2011 at 18:24:27

when typing in the username box try typing "domain\username" and the password for whatever username you are logging in. it only needs to be the netbios portion of the domain so most likely if your domain is "domain.local" you would just use the domain portion

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#8
October 17, 2011 at 06:39:08

tried that as well and no luck

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#9
October 17, 2011 at 07:59:38

when you are vpn-ed in what is your ip address?
what is the ipaddress of the server?
what is the server name?
what is the share name?

If you look at the server security log what events are posted when you tried to authenicate using one of the server accounts?

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October 18, 2011 at 06:40:53

I figured it out. I looked at the log, and could see a successful login and then immediately log out. So that told me the user auth was OK. I started questioning what I was told about the C$ share, and found that it in fact was only an admin share, and that was the cause. Once I shared another folder, I could connect to it fine. I should know to verify the info given to me before testing. :) Thanks for all the help.

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