OpenVPN Network issues

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OpenVPN Network issues

Post by greggk » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:33 pm

I have had an openvpn setup for a few years now, and it works great for what I used it for. The server is a Windows XP computer, and the clients are windows 7 machines. The clients can connect to the server fine, and they can ping every computer on the servers network. I can use VNC on any of the computers on the servers network. The problem now lies on the client computers, when you go into networks, you do not see any of the computers on the servers network, eventhough you can ping them, you can not see them at all. I have even tried to map a network drive using an IP address, and I couldn't get it done, eventhough I could ping that same IP on the server network. On the client machines, if you go to network and sharing the OpenVPN shows up as unidentified network, could that be an issue? Any thoughts or suggestions is appreciated.

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Re: OpenVPN Network issues

Post by greggk » Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:42 am

I think most of the issues I've had have been firewall related. I did disable the firewall on both sides, and I am able to map a network drive from client to the server network.
Server network is
Client network is
VPN network is

Client is able to ping all of the IPs on the server network i.e.

Client is able to map \\\public

Client is still not able to see any of the servers computers in the network neighborhood.
On the client configuration I added the following:
route-metric 512
That made it possible for me to move the tap network to something other than unidentified networks in the network and sharing folder.
Client is still not able to ping the "names" of the servers behind the vpn
example. Main vpn server is called SERVER, and that server is on the IP
if I ping SERVER from the client, I do get a response, but it's to the servers VPN address, which is
There is a network drive on the server network called STORAGE on IP
I am NOT able to ping STORAGE, but I am able to ping the IP and I am able to map the drive using the IP, and not the name. So, I am getting closer :)
Here is my server config file
port 1194
proto udp
dev tun
ca "c:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\easy-rsa\\keys\\ca.crt"
cert "c:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\easy-rsa\\keys\\server.crt"
key "c:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\easy-rsa\\keys\\server.key" # This file should be kept secre
dh "c:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\easy-rsa\\keys\\dh1024.pem"
ifconfig-pool-persist ipp.txt
push "route"
push "dhcp-option DNS"
push "dhcp-option WINS"
keepalive 10 120
status openvpn-status.log
verb 3

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Re: OpenVPN Network issues

Post by krzee » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:24 am

for netbios resolution you need a WINS server

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