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# 17779 11-Dec-2007 14:40
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Hi Guys,

I have purchased a new Cisco router, and am by no means experienced in setting one up. At all.

I did however get it set up, and am running our DSL and VPN through it. Yay.

What is not so good is the ability to connect to shared drives through the VPN, any ideas?
Currently I am trying to connect to a shared drive on (bwserver)
I can ping and bwserver
I can RDP to bwserver

Any idea on how to get the Shared drives working too?


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  # 99517 11-Dec-2007 21:50
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Hint: If the VPN is setup and connecting then the inability to browse shares is NOT related to the Cisco router. The computer will behave as if it were on a LAN. Obviously any software firewalls need configuring.

What happens if you go Start/Run and type "\\" (don't type the quotes).



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  # 99522 11-Dec-2007 22:34
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Uh no, depending on his access lists it could still be the problem :)

Good place to start would be to do a show run on each unit removing any sensitive details and then somebody will probably be kind enough to sanity check what has been setup on the routers to try eliminate them from the equation.

Confirm stuff like TCP ports 137-9 445 etc are not being blocked.



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  # 101889 27-Dec-2007 11:25
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first thing to check is that the traffic between your two lans is actually going through the VPN tunnel.. "show crypto ipsec sa" you should see the encrypted packets counter increase as you try and connect to the other network.

IF the VPN is up and the traffic is going through then yes I agree its not related to the router.. check software firewalls and anti virus software on each of the PC's most of the time its as simple as adding the LAN ip addresses to the trusted network.


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  # 101913 27-Dec-2007 16:48
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He can RDP to the remote boxes on a private subnet so it must be using the IPSec tunnel unless he setup a NAT rule on the router(s) for RDP traffic.

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