We have a remote base which we would like to connect to our main office. We bought a VPN capable router thinking this would dial the vpn and our remote PC would connect seamlessly.

Unfortunately when the router dials the VPN it is given an IP address of The address of the domain controller is so the remote PCs cant find the domain controller.

I can manually set a network drive on the remote PC to point to the address which allows us to browse files on the server however things like group policy fail to find the domain controller.

Update: We have one server running windows server 2012 which is the domain controller and the VPN server in one. We have a static IP address on the server which the VPN router dials. Yes the router is installed at the remote location. The router at the remote location is assigned the IP address of

Can anyone help solve this?

  • You have a Public IP on your domain controller? You have installed the router on the remote location? Router deals to the VPN server on the DC server? Router as the VPM client got IP from the VPN server? Routers works as NAT for the remote office? Describe your network please – Dilyin Jun 21 '16 at 1:40
  • DNS. The problem is always DNS-related. – EEAA Jun 21 '16 at 1:46
  • @dilyin I have update the question please let me know if you require anything else. Thanks. – Reafidy Jun 21 '16 at 1:47
  • @EEAA, that would be my guess as well however I dont have the knowledge to troubleshoot further. I may have the VPN client setup wrong it has many options the router is a asus RT-N56U. It has an option: Obtaining DNS from VPN Server which is currently set to no, but i have tried the other options both add to existing and replace which doesnt seem to help – Reafidy Jun 21 '16 at 1:48
  • There's not much to troubleshoot - if VPN clients can resolve AD-related DNS entries correctly, then that's not the problem. If the cannot, well then that needs to be resolved. – EEAA Jun 21 '16 at 1:49

Yes, it was DNS problem indeed.

Workstations can use DNS to discover where the domain controller is. They use DNS queries like _ldap._tcp.my_domain.com and others. VPN connection created point-to-point link between router and the domain controller and the peer ip of the domain controller ( have become available to the router network.

Router should be configured to:

  • Add as the first DNS server sent by the DHCP, second
  • Set "my_domain.com" as the DNS suffix sent to the DHCP clients.

After this the workstations should be able to detect the domain controller and start talking to it.

You may also:

  • Set as the WINS server sent by the DHCP.
  • Add route "route add -net netmask dev ${ppp_if}" to make all other systems in the network routable from the netwotk if it's required.

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