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Old 02-20-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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Connecting to remote shares on MS SBS 2003 via VPN

Hi All,

I have Fedora 10 on my Laptop at Home. I have set up a VPV connection to the Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 in the office. However, I do not know how to access the shares on the server from FC 10.

On my WinXP PC at home, I click start, run, \\ to connect to the SBS Server. This then opens up all the shared folders on the Server.

How do I achieve the same thing on my FC 10 laptop?

Thanks in advance
Old 02-20-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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First, a basic check: From your F10, can you ping your server ? If yes, then you have the basic routing working through the vpn which is a good thing.

On F10, go to "Places" menu and "Connect to Server". On the "Connect to server" window, select "Windows share" as "Service type". On "server" text entry, put your server IP ( and fill the "Share" entry with a well known windows share on your server (I am not sure about browsing right now). Leave the "Folder" empty. It never worked for me. It is a folder on that share, you may want to try anyway. Fill the "User name" and "Domain name". If you check the "Add bookmark", then you easly return to this shared folder by "Places/Bookmarks".

You may try this first on the local network, not by VPN, just to remove a layer of complexity.

I use this all the time on my F10 box to access remove windows shares at my workplace.

However, our fileserver it is a SAMBA server, not a real Windows server. And our VPN server it is another linux box (Smoothwall/Zerina). I don't know if this will work for you, but it should.
Old 02-20-2009, 07:29 PM   #3
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oh ! You mean, how to connect to your VPN from your linux box ? I'm sorry, I focused in another point of your question

Could you tell us more about what kind of VPN are you using at office ? There are several types: Cisco VPN, PPTP VPN, openVPN (mine), each one using several kinds of cyphers, keys, you known, this is endless...
There are even some more exotic (proprietary) that could make the task impossible.



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