Win 2003 server: RAS-ing from a domain at work to a workgroup at h

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by hagur, May 7, 2008.

  1. hagur

    hagur Guest


    I'm running a Windows 2003 server at home. My home network is not a domain,
    just a workgroup. I just enabled the RAS service on my server so I could
    connect to my LAN at home from work using VPN.

    I can successfully connect to my home LAN from work, but for some reason the
    only computer I can connect to or even ping is the RAS server itself. I have
    3 other computers at home, but none of them even respond to a ping request,
    even if I ping their IP address.

    My home server has and one of the other computers I've been
    trying to connect to via the VPN connection has

    I connect the VPN connection and my work computer gets an IP address from my
    home LAN, I can ping the server (.7) and connect to it via
    terminal services client - everything seems to work well. But the other
    computer appears to be completely invisible to me. I cannot even ping it's
    IP address (.6).

    I've tried doing a tracert, which works fine if I trace the route to my
    server (just one hop), but if I try a tracert to the other computer (.6), it
    goes to (my work PC) and then just times out after that.

    I posted this question at Experts-Exchange and got help from a really
    helpful expert there and we went through all kinds of settings. When I told
    him that I was going from a domain at home to a workgroup at home, he told me
    that he didn't really have much experience with that kind of a setup. He
    also told me that he'd experienced name resolution problems, but nothing like
    this, where I cannot even access the computers at home by their IP addresses.

    If you've got access to EE, this is the thread I posted:

    Any clues?
    hagur, May 7, 2008
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  2. hagur

    hagur Guest

    Sorry, this of course should've been " ... I was going from a domain at work
    to a workgroup at home ...."
    hagur, May 7, 2008
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  3. hagur

    Bill Grant Guest

    Ping should work, unless you specifically set up RRAS to connect only to
    the server. By default you get access to the LAN machines behind the RRAS

    Check the LAN machines for internal firewalls which might block ping.

    Even when you can access these machines you will still have problems. If
    you are logged on to a domain at work, your home machines are not going to
    accept your credentials for file access.
    Bill Grant, May 8, 2008
  4. hagur

    hagur Guest


    I belive I didn't set it specifically up to connect only to the server ....
    it's mostly using the default settings, if not entirely.

    None of my machines at home have a firewall enabled. I don't really care
    about file access, I really only need to be able to connect to them using
    MSTSC, for now.

    Any ideas, or is this just impossible?
    hagur, May 8, 2008
  5. hagur

    Bill Grant Guest

    No, it is not impossible. In fact, it should work by default.

    I would scrap the current RRAS config and start again. It only takes a
    few miutes to do.
    Bill Grant, May 9, 2008
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