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VPN connection setup (WinXP-Win7)


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#1 Bellzemos

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 09:07 PM

Hello, me again! :)

I'm trying to learn and setup a VPN connection (to simulate a "real" one).

I have a Windows Server 2008 machine with VMware Player installed on it. I have installed Windows XP in the VMware Player for this VPN "simulation".

I googled for the VPN setup and set the XP virtual machine as the VPN server (a lot of fiddling around, it's my first time setting up a VPN connection). The Server/XP machine is on a "192.168.2.xxx / 255.255.255.0" subnet, on a second router I have, my other computer (Win7) is connected a router above (192.168.1.xxx / 255.255.255.0), so that one utp cable goes into my Win7 PC and the other into the second (192.168.2.1) router. So with my Win7 computer I can simulate the situation as if I was connecting from somewhere over the internet, since the other cable from the first router goes into the WAN port of the second router (which is then connected to the Server/Vritual XP machine). Sorry for overcomplicating this explanation.

Anyway, after setting the XP server I have opened (forwarded) the TCP & UDP port number 1723 (as I've read on the internet) in the subnet's (192.168.2.1) router for the XP's IP address.

Then I fiddled some more, set a user name and password on the XP which I then used to create a VPN connection on the Win7 PC and fiddled some more when I learned that I have to set IP range on the XP and not let it give it automatically (I don't understand a lot of this yet) - and finally I was able to establish the connection! :)

But then what? I don't know how to browse files of the Virtual XP with my Win7 PC. I tried sharing a folder in XP but nothing happened, in Win7 PC I can see that I am connected but don't know what to do from here on...

I'd be grateful if you could please help and point me in the right direction.

Another thing I'm concerned about is security - how safe are such Windows VPN connections in the real world (over internet), opened ports and all?

Thank you in advance! :)



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#2 Bellzemos

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 09:38 AM

Anyone, please?



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 10:50 AM

How do I find the files on the other PC through the VPN? Do I have to map a drive? I don't know what I'm missing or doing wrong, please help me.



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:01 PM

You don't have to map the drive to see the files. If you go to Windows Explorer and type the file path ("\\servername\D:\personal") as an example this should be enough as long as the VPN connection has been set up correctly.

 

As far as security goes it's pretty secure, most businesses use VPN for remote workers now. It is possible to breach - but not something you should expect to experience.


Edited by NotAnElf, 02 February 2015 - 03:16 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:37 PM

Thank you for the info, I'll try it and report back.



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 04:34 PM

I was trying and trying to reconnect and couldn't. Then, at last, I figured out that I was typing down the wrong IP address for the remote computer. I was writing down "192.168.1.100:1723" and it wouldn't work. I then finally tried "192.168.1.100" without the port number - and the connection was established. I can't understand this - why doesn't it need the port as well as the IP address? How does it know what to do?

 

For example, when I'm connecting to the router remotely I have to enter "192.168.1.1:8080" into Firefox to be able to access it. Please explain. :)

 

And I am still unable to browse files, I don't know what I'm doing wrong, I'll go and keep on trying...



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 04:42 PM

Edit: I am unable to access anything on the remote PC... I don't know what I'm doing wrong. And the VPN connection is established - it says so.

 

Also, I've noticed that I can't access the internet when I'm connected to the VPN, I guess that is normal?

 

Should I add both computers to the same workgroup or something, is that important (I don't think so)?

 

Should I be running any specila (server?) services? I have disabled some a couple of months ago.

 

But the connection is established. Please help me, this is ultra frustrating... Thank you!



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Posted 07 February 2015 - 06:53 PM

Hello again!

 

I was messing around and was able to connect to the machine in question by an XP machine I also have - it connected and I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO BROWSE FILES on the remote computer.

 

I am still not able to get to the remote files using the Windows 7 machine. I guess something must be set or disabled on it in a way so that it prevents remote file access or something. I can't figure it out.

 

But OK, I was able to connect an XP machine to another XP machine using the VPN so I'm happy about it. :)

 

I have two questions now:

 

1. What kind of resources can be accessed and used throught a VPN connection? Files, yes, I know. What about printers? What about programs? What about internet connection? Do I have to set any additional setting before I can use all the features or are they available by default when the connection is established?

 

2. Where can I see the type of security used in a VPN connection? Does Windows XP provide less secure connections compared to Windows 7?

 

Thank you! :)



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 02:00 PM

Anyone, please?






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