I found two articles here on VPN and on folders sharing and stepped through them exactly (several times now) to get a VPN set up between an office computer and a remote laptop. Both are Windows 7 machines.
I am able to connect into the office computer. I cannot get a mapped drive to work. This is for my boss, and I'm at the point where I may need to advise him to hire a network specialist based on what you guys can tell me. I tried everything, including turning off antivirus and firewall utilities on both machines. The router is forwarding both 1723 and GRE 47 on the office machine network.
Here is what ipconfig looks like on the remote computer when the PPP connection is made into the office computer:
PPP adapter Mike-Server:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Mike-Server
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.200(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
When I check the connection properties on the remote machine, this is what it looks like:
I have a folder set up on the office machine called "test" with a sharename of "test", and all the required permissions are correctly set up.
I have a remote connection set up, thus enabling the VPN, using the username "remote1" on the office machine. Like I said, the VPN connection is working, I can get connected.
I am *never* able to map a network drive using the typical \\mike-server\test
syntax. Once, I got as far as it putting up a password dialog when I used IP addres like this: \\192.168.1.200\test
-- but the username it wanted me to authenticate was "chris\remote1" -- which is putting the hostname of my laptop in there. There is no user on the office machine called "chris\remote1" and I wouldn't even know how to create one. There is a user called "mike-server\remote1", however.
So my questions:
1. Looking at the ipconfig and the connection status picture above, does that look right to you? It looks odd to me.
2. What am I missing? I have spend now 20 hours on this trying the simple task of getting a Windows 7 computer on one side of my town to connect to a Windows 7 computer on the other side of town at my office, and establish a simple mapped drive.
I'm not a total noob here, have done this many times under XP and Linux. On Linux, I had to bridge the adapters and used a private 10.x.x.x network -- which I don't see how to do under Windows 7.
Any help you can give me would be immensely appreciated. Like I said if I can't solve this I have to tell my boss to hire someone else, which is not a great thing to have to tell him...