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Bidirectional VPN?

Bidirectional VPN?

(OP)
Hello,
I have this situation: Two workstations, WS1 and WS2 (Windows7 professional) connected via native Windows VPN to a Windows Server
machine, hosting a SQL Server. The connections are initiated from the work stations and have different IP addresses each time
they connect.

My problem is I want to be able to connect from WS1 to WS2 (to another SQL server on that station) but I can't do it using the
stations name (i.e. WS2)! If I specify the (temporary) IP address all works fine but since that address changes that's not a
permanent solution.

What should I do to be able to connect using names instead of IPs (like WS2\<server_instance>\<database>)

Thank you

RE: Bidirectional VPN?

you can use names if you change the windows firewall settings inbound rules. by default it will only allow file and print share on local subnet. you can change to allow the subnet of the other side of the vpn, this has to be done on both machines

also make sure the netbois is enabled on the vpn

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