[pptp-server] PPTP without dialup

John Van Ostrand john at netdirect.ca
Fri May 12 07:21:14 CDT 2000

I have also seen this and I think it is a limitation of the Windows client.
The network neighborhood is a result of the browse list which is your LAN's.
However if you tried directly accessing a system (through Start/Run and
typing \\servername <file://\\servername> ) you should be able to get to
your server.
I think you can get around this by changing the workgroup setting in the
identification tab of network properties. Also change the NT domain in the
clieint for microsft network properties. Reboot, cancel the network login.
Then connect PPTP and you'll get a login to the remote network.
For NT you have to have to join the remote network then logout and login to
the remote network at the login prompt using dial-up networking. This is a
little bit trickier and I haven't done this myself.

-----Original Message-----
From: Angus North [mailto:a.north at interactive-voice.com.au]
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2000 3:23 AM
To: pptp-server at lists.schulte.org
Subject: [pptp-server] PPTP without dialup

I've not been able to find an answer to my problem
in the list archives, so here's my problem!
Hopefully the answer's obvious:
I can establish a VPN if I dial in to my ISP,
then use my PPTP connection (from win 98 or NT)
to connect to my PoPToP server. Everything works fine in this case.
However, if i try to use the PPTP connection when I'm
already on a LAN which has Internet access, I can't get the
Network Neighbourhood to work.
Everything else works ok.
The proxy arp is working fine: I can ping and telnet
to the network behind the PoPToP server, but the
only thing I see in the network neighbourhood is my own
computer. I've set up the wins server using the wins-server option, and a
TCP dump on the ppp link shows wins
stuff going to the server (an NT 4 server), but nothing coming back.
The poptop server's firewall is turned off, so i don't believe
that's the problem.
What's the difference that causes it to fail without the dial-up link?

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