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I try to help a company with a VPN problem. They got a Windows 2012 Server with a Software VPN. The clients connect via PPTP (Port 1723, mschapv2).

There is no active directory installed on the server (they are working with workgroups). Also there is no DHCP-Server, WINS or DNS installed.

The local network of the server is but the VPN clients should not connect to this network. They should only be able to access shares on the server and on other connected VPN-clients. So a static address pool ist used for the VPN (

This works in general fine, as long as the clients only use IP-addresses to talk to each other. The server is always available under and the VPN-clients get IP-addresses in this subnet automatically when they connect.

The problem is that the whole communication just works with IP-addresses and not with hostnames (NetBIOS-names).

I need the hostnames now to connect one VPN-client to the share of another VPN-client, which has always another IP-address (in the range of when it reconnects to the VPN - so that it does not make sense to add the network share using the IP. (I also tried to find an option like "Give clients always the same IP-address", but there is nothing like that.)

In the "Routing and RAS"/VPN-setup the "broadcast name resolution" is already enabled. (In the adapter card the physical network cards are available.)

I tried to install DNS/WINS to make the NetBIOS-names work, but without any success. (Maybe the setup isn't fine yet.)

So, is there anybody familiar with Windows Servers and can explain what I have to do to make the NetBIOS-names available for the VPN-clients? (I am not allowed to install an active directory.)

I was not able to find a really good tutorial in the internet.

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