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Arinoth May 31, 2010 08:35 PM

Local networks and VPNs
I was wondering if anyone knew how i can stay connected to my local network when i connect to a vpn as there are some storage hard drives i'd like to have access to on my local network but can't when i use a vpn.

So how do i connect to my local network when i am using a vpn?

Perineum May 31, 2010 10:56 PM

I 'knew' but I forgot :thumb:

Arinoth June 1, 2010 05:32 AM

Thats ever so helpful, lol

havok_88 June 1, 2010 11:06 AM

Well, it depends. Is this your own VPN connection, or a work one? The only reason I ask is because a work set-up may block you from sharing local resources.

That said, to change it (assuming a mstsc connection in windows):
- Open up mstsc.exe.
- Click on the options drop down in the bottom left.
- Go to the "Local Resources" tab
- Click "More" button in the Local devices and resources section.
- Check off the resources you want access to.

You will have to have those local resources mapped to a drive letter most likely.

lcdguy June 1, 2010 12:48 PM

that depends greatly on the client you are using. If it's the Cisco VPN Client then there is a check box on the transport tab of a vpn connection called Allow Local Lan Access. This needs to be checked off. If it's the sonicwall one it just works. Not sure on the windows one.

steers June 1, 2010 01:26 PM

Yeah, I guess it depends on how your client handles your traffic. If it tunnels all outbound traffic to the remote network then you won't be able to access machines on your local network (unless the network you're tunneling to somehow has access to your local network). If it sets up the tunnel as just another network (for example, Forticlient does this), then you can have as many connections as you want and be able to access all available network resources. I still don't know too too much about VPN, but that's what I gather anyway, from what I've seen.

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