Suggestions needed for failing client mapped drives across VPN tunnel

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by bertcastrosf, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. bertcastrosf

    bertcastrosf Guest

    Windows 2003 Domain, Single Forest, main office and one branch office
    connected over the Internet via VPN using Cisco equipment and Internet
    access is Partial T1 at both locations.

    Main office has one Windows 2003 Server PDC; Branch Office has one
    Windows 2003 Server BDC and is bridgehead server for the Branch Office
    subnet.

    All clients to remote server mapped drive attempts fail, however all
    server-to-server mapped drives work just fine. Attempts to change the
    MTU on the client side to as low as 1200 have not seemed to fix.

    Are we missing something here?

    On each Client PC, would adding static route to the other subnet PDC
    or BDC help?

    Any suggestions you may have would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank you in advanced.

    Bertcastrosf
     
    bertcastrosf, Feb 29, 2008
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  2. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Feb 29, 2008
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  3. bertcastrosf

    bertcastrosf Guest

    Actually the client can ping the DNS name and ping the ip address as
    well.

    In addition, the client does see the server name in the "My Network
    Places", but when they attempt to doubleclick on the server, they get
    a time out.

    Again, the PDC & BDC servers don't have this issue at all.

    Thanks,

    bertcastrosf
     
    bertcastrosf, Feb 29, 2008
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  4. Please post an unedited & clearly labeled ipconfig /all from a problem
    workstation & the DC in the remote subnet. (& note that there's no PDC/BDC
    in AD)....and also let us know what happens when you run a net use command
    to map a drive.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Feb 29, 2008
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  5. Sounds like master browser issue. Do you have WINS server? Or this search
    result may help.

    Computer BrowserThe master browser has received a server announcement from
    the computer <computer ... You have a master browser issue if you have the
    following symptoms. ...
    www.chicagotech.net/browser.htm

    Troubleshooting browser issuesThe master browser has received a server
    announcement from the computer <computer name> that believes that it is the
    master browser ...
    www.chicagotech.net/troubleshootingbrowser.htm



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    http://www.HowToNetworking.com


    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
     
    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Feb 29, 2008
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  6. Hi, Robert - I don't think you meant to reply to me.<snip>
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Feb 29, 2008
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  7. bertcastrosf

    bertcastrosf Guest

    Hi Bob,

    Yes we do have a WINS server installed on the DC as well.

    You maybe right here as well, we are seeing a master browser election
    on the Domain.

    We have a Laptop that is forcing a browser election on the domain.
    The laptop has been joined to the domain, it has XP Pro, Norton
    Internet Security 2007, some kids' games, and a couple foreign
    language (Korean) apps installed.

    On the Main Office DC, we changed the registry so that the server is
    the Domain Master Browser even after server reboots.

    Any suggestions with a problematic Windows XP Client?

    Also of note:

    On both DC's at the Main Office and Branch, we ran netdiag and dcdiag,
    and the results came back with no errors.

    Thanks,

    bertcastrosf
     
    bertcastrosf, Mar 1, 2008
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  8. You may want to use browstat.exe to check the status of the XP.

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    http://www.HowToNetworking.com


     
    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Mar 1, 2008
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  9. bertcastrosf

    bertcastrosf Guest

    Hi Bob,

    I'll go ahead and try the browstat.

    Also, what do you think about Disabling the Master Browser on the
    Laptop.

    Would this be a good thing or not?

    Thanks.

    Bertcastrosf
     
    bertcastrosf, Mar 1, 2008
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  10. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Mar 1, 2008
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  11. I would keep the computer browser service in the XP and fix the master
    browser issue.

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    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    http://www.HowToNetworking.com


    Hi Bob,

    I'll go ahead and try the browstat.

    Also, what do you think about Disabling the Master Browser on the
    Laptop.

    Would this be a good thing or not?

    Thanks.

    Bertcastrosf
     
    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Mar 2, 2008
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  12. bertcastrosf

    bertcastrosf Guest

    Does anyone know if you can set the "Master Browser" settings for
    Client PCs in a Domain GPO or even an OU?

    If so, you anyone happen to have an example?

    Thanks,

    bertcastrosf
     
    bertcastrosf, Mar 3, 2008
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