I've had mixed results with using Windows Explorer to browse remote file shares.
- I'm at work on Windows XP SP3
- Files are at home on Windows XP SP3
- Two separate VPNs are available to access my PC at home
- corporate OpenVPN (10.1.2.3)
- a Hamachi/LogMeIn connection (126.96.36.199)
With respect to my problem, it doesn't matter which IP I use. They both perform exactly the same way:
I expect that if I open Windows Explorer and type in
\\10.1.2.3\Shared I should be interrupted with a challenge for credentials, and then be able to interact with the files in the share. However, I just get that annoying dialog, "Windows cannot find '\10.1.2.3\Shared' Check the spelling and try again, or try searching for the item ..."
However, I can take that exact same computername/sharename and with net use I can:
net use * \\10.1.2.3\Shared * /user:homecomputername\username
with this result:
Type the password for \\188.8.131.52\C$: Drive Z: is now connected to \\184.108.40.206\C$. The command completed successfully.
I can then access the files in Z: in Windows Explorer which was my original intent.
Even after Z: is already mapped and the credentials are cached I still cannot bring up
\\10.1.2.3\Shared in Windows Explorer.
Why does the latter work, but not the former?
Edit: Other services work fine, such as RDP. (I have a problem in which I can't SSH home, but I'll consider that separately.)