VPN and connectivity

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by matt-w, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. matt-w macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010
    Alright so i have an issue with my VPN(L2TP), i have it all set-up using a DDNS and i can connect and authenticate just fine, however once connected i cannot get bonjour connections, vnc connections or even share anything at all in a public folders.. ive looked and looked around server admin and work group manager for anything at all to try and i am just stuck! i need help lol

    Thanks in advance for any help :cool:
  2. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Is your VPN setup as a new network connection in Network Preferences for the "Home" or "Work" or any existing profile?

    I think its because you're using a DDNS?
  3. dancochran macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2011
    VPN and connectivity

    One thing to check is to make sure that the assigned IP range/subnet you are using on your home network is NOT the same as the one being used on the VPN you are connecting to. This will definitely create the problems you are describing every time. You will be able to authenticate but you won't be able to do anything. And to the best of my knowledge, OS X Server VPN does not support seeing Bonjour devices on the remote network. There are third-party add-ons and tricks to make this happen but not out of the box.
  4. pissedatmac macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    Check the ping

    The basic question is are you able to ping the remote end? If you can ping, then make sure there are no firewalls in between!
  5. matt-w thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010
    Why would DDNS make a difference all it does is act as a referrer to obtain the current IP i wouldnt think that makes a difference but i may be wrong if you care to explain why :)

    now that you mention it it is exactly the same as the business ip's i forgot completely about that i will try it and let you know how it goes THANKS!! also what kinda tricks are there for getting around the bonjour things?
  6. dancochran macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2011

    I've never really tried to implement Wide Area Bonjour. Snow Leopard Server does support it in a way but it won't work with non-public IP address ranges which you are certainly using in both your home and remote sites.

    To read the details look at this discussion.


    A third-party solution that sounds like it will work is:


    But I haven't tried this either.

    Aside from Bonjour your current problems will definitely be solved by changing the IP range at either your home or remote sites.

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