Dialing in to an NT4 Remote Access Server

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 13 Nov. 1997 / Last Updated on 13 Nov. 1997]

On the NT4 Client system, Dial-Up Networking can be defined for Dialing out with all possible protocols:

When defining now the "Dial-Up Networking" connection, I have now the choice to select any protocol, without having to reboot (because the systems needed to establish a new "binding").

Connection from NT4 DUN via NetBEUI-protocol :

NetBEUI is a simple protocol, and as long as it is defined both on the NT4 RAS Server and the NT4 DUN-Client, you should have no problem to connect:

Once you are connected, the NT4 RAS system shows up in the "Network Neighborhood" and you can browse the resources.

Be patient, it may take a while, before the information is showing up
in the "Network-Neighborhood"

Connection from NT4 DUN via IPX protocol

However, when establishing the connection
via IPX-protocol, the NT4 RAS Server
will NOT show up in the "Network Neighborhood" !

According to the Microsoft "Knowledge Base",
that is a "designed behavior" (and don't ask me
why, it took me already too long to find that
Microsoft statement).
Use the
"Run"-window to
request a display
of the resources
available on the
server, from
here you can
either map
drives or

I have no explanation for this "Microsoft Design", and what is more confusing this subject:

Using a Windows95 DUN Client, which
is configure for IPX-protocol, the
NT4 RAS system WILL BE displayed
in the "Network Neighborhood" !

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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