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Windows 7: VPN Connection to SME Server (Samba)

30 Dec 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate X64
VPN Connection to SME Server (Samba)

I have just bought a new PC with Win-7 Ultimate. My old PC runs XP-Pro. I have a need to connect to a Samba Server to access data from time-to-time. I set up the XP machine some time ago and it works fine. Both PCs use Trend Micro Internet Pro as the firewall, and both are set up to allow port 1723 thru. The Modem/gateway both ends is a LinkSys WAG54G2, both allow VPN Passthrough; my home unit has the subnet changed to thus ensuring no IP overlap.

I have no success getting Windows 7 Ultimate to connect. My experience is with XP, and I'm still working my way around the differences with Windows 7. I've set the VPN connection parameters to: Works Static IP, PPTP, CHAP V2, Require Encrytion (disconnect if server declines), IPv4 is active, etc, which reflects the XP setup as best as I can determine (incuding WorgGroup name). Looking at the "Internet Connection" window seems to suggest it is looking at a dial-up connection which is false .. I have an ADSL2+ link. How can I reset this if it is the case? I know how to reset incoming, but not outgoing. Internet access works fine for other apps.

I want to upgrade my XP machine to Windows 7 as well (it needs a rebuild desperately) but I can't do that without the VPN working on Windows 7.

Can anyone please suggest what the problem may be? I've run out of ideas.


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30 Dec 2009   #2

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit

When you set up the VPN connection did you specify connecting through the internet vs dial up? (Silly question, I know)

What happens when you attempt the connection? What error messages do you get? Could it be you are able to authenticate but not see the network?
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30 Dec 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate X64

Thanks for your reply. The error message was an 806 -> GRE problem. My gateway has VPN passthrough enabled so it stumped me as my XP box connects OK. I use Trend Micro Internet Pro as my firewall on both PCs and assumed all was well as they were setup the same. BUT by lowering the security profile from MEDIUM to LOW it authenticated. The problem is therefore with the firewall and how Windows 7 interacts with it.

I now find I can't see the server folders so I need to look into that. Any suggestions?
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30 Dec 2009   #4

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit

There's more than one type of VPN. You want to make sure the firewall passes PPTP. PPTP uses GRE which is different from IPSec VPN's.

As for the shares, make sure your pc is on the same workgroup. Also take a look at Advanced Sharing Settings. They're under Control Panel => Network and Internet => Network and Sharing Center. It's a link on the left.

Network discovery should be on. You may need to change a few other settings such as File and Printer Sharing, Password Protected Sharing, etc.
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31 Dec 2009   #5

Win 7 Ultimate X64

Thanks RedBirdDad, All fixed and working well. My sincere thanks for your assistance, much appreciated!!
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