[Samba] Browsing through a tunnelled VPN connection

Rory Erickson rerickson at kixmedia.ca
Tue Apr 5 05:34:50 GMT 2005

Hi there,

I am trying to determine the best way for this to be done.

I'm currently using a VPN software package called OpenVPN, which I
connect to through a tunneled connection.  

When I connect to the VPN I am given an IP address of, and a
subnet mask of  The Samba server has an IP address of and has a subnet mask of  A WINS server
address of is pushed to my VPN client when I connect.

Once I connect to the VPN I can access each computer on the network,
including the Samba server by typing their netbios name pre-pended by a
\\.  However, I am unable to browse to these computers via Network
Neighborhood on my Windows 98 machine, nor My Network Places on any of
my Windows XP machines.  I believe I had enabled WINS on the Samba
server, which I was under the impression it would enable this even
though the computers do not broadcast like on a local network or bridged
VPN connection.

Was I incorrect in this assumption?  If so, are there any potential
options that I may have available to accomplish this--the cosmetic issue
of being able to see the computers on the network via My Network Places
even when connected via a tunneled VPN connection?

Thank you,

Rory Erickson

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