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I have set up a my server to accept VPN connections. My users primarily use VPN to access the server shares files. Everything was working fine until one day I was doing some work on the file system and all of a sudden all of my users cannot access the server shares.

I know the VPN connection is OK becouse I can ping several devices on the remote network through the VPN connection. Local users are not having any problems accessing the server shares locally.

Whenever I try to access the server shares through the VPN I get an error message:

The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another.

The path I am using is:

\\pbpmwinserver01\server shares

Obviously I have messed up something but I am not sure what I did. I am thinking it is some sort of group permissions propblem but I have checked and all seems OK as well as I understand the correct profiles.

How can I go about debugging the problem further?

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Do you have webdav sharE ? – aleroot Nov 5 '11 at 23:23
You neglect to mention what you're using as a VPN termination point. – MDMarra Nov 6 '11 at 0:03

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There could be a firewall rule on the file server that restricts access based on IP. I'm assuming that your VPN clients are assigned a different IP than your internal clients. You should check the scope definition for the File & Print Services (SMB-IN) rule if you're using Windows 2008 or 2008 R2 on the file server.

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I am using Windows Server 2008 R2 as my VPN termination point. When I remotely desktop connection into the server I can see that the VPN client connection is successful. I am using statically assigned ip addresses for VPN clients. I checked my server share properties and everything looks ok. I checked the firewall properties and they are ok too. I turned off the firewall but still could not accessedmthe shared files. The error I get is "Windows cannot access "\\pbpmwinserver01\server shares" In the details I get "Error code 0x80070035, The networkd path was not found". – user871962 Nov 6 '11 at 16:23

Verify that the local firewall or antivirus software is not blocking the connection. Disable Norton or McAfee to see if you can connect to the share.

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