I am trying to establish a VPN connection to a server in my office from my laptop at home. I tried some of the steps as mentioned here:

  • Connect to a network
  • Connect to a workplace
  • Use my Internet Connection (VPN)
  • Then type server IP address and then my username & password.

After creating a VPN connection, I can see I am connected to it. Now I want to browse files on the server. But I have no clue where I should look for them.

I was thinking more of a simple step, like, Windows Run > Type ip address > \\124.345.678.900, then a prompt asking username and password, and finally a window opens to view the files.

I tried to google it, but still unable to view files.

Please help.

I didn't mention that when I try to connect to server via \\124.345.678.900 I get 0x80070043 error message.

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    Your conjured IP address is quite broken :-) – nik Aug 15 '09 at 6:36
  • but it looks nice! – pavsaund Aug 15 '09 at 8:47
  1. How have you confirmed connectivity to your office network?
    Can you ping to one of the internal IP addresses that you know?
    • Were you able to do a domain login into your office network?
      Typically a network-share is not allowed without domain-login.
    • Do you know that the server-of-interest is allowed access over VPN?
      Sometimes VPN access is differently access-controlled compared to the internal network.

Update after comments.

  • Yes, the internal IP addresses are usually 192.168.x.y
  • Your comments suggest VPN connectivity is ok and you are allowed access too
  • Since you can connect from another machine similarly,
    • What is the difference in this machine? (Is the other machine not Vista, for example?)

Update after new comments. Google lookup on the error gives,

  • 1. -> Internal iP means 192....?? 2. -> how do I do domain login? 3. -> yes, server allows access over VPN and I have tried it on another machine. and other people are using it. It shows connected in my networks. Its just that I dont know how/where to view files. – TigerTiger Aug 15 '09 at 6:55
  • regarding 1. -> Yes I can ping internal IP address. Just tried without connection, wasnt working. Tried Connecting and then ping to internal ip, and this time was working. – TigerTiger Aug 15 '09 at 6:59
  • just checked ur update .. other machine is vista as well.. i guess is it something to do with my home network? router?? – TigerTiger Aug 15 '09 at 8:02
  • just added error message in ques. – TigerTiger Aug 15 '09 at 8:05
  • +1 for effort & followup, regardless if this actually solves the problem at hand – pavsaund Aug 15 '09 at 9:54

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