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Whlie I am connected to VPN I can access remote hosts (computers in newort that I am connected to) by IP but I can't 'access' them by hostname.

Is there any way to 'enable' accessing hosts by hostname?

[Updated on: Wed, 19 December 2007 14:15]


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There's a lot of this on the forum, did you try a search?

Here's a response I gave in another topic about this:


DNS does not work because (in my investigations):

The client PC basically has two network adapters: the 'real' physical network adapter (NIC) and the virtual Kerio vpn adapter. When connected with vpn, essentially the PC has two valid (but separate) network connections. Based on the destination IP addresses and such the PC knows onto with connection it should send out the respective packets. But DNS is another matter... the PC will use the DNS server as setup for your physical NIC.

You can verify this by going into a command prompt, entering the 'Name Server Lookup' tool (command 'nslookup') and requesting a lookup by typing ''. This will return an IP address, but also informs you which DNS server was used. You'll notice it's the one setup for your physical NIC. Obviously, that DNS server does not know about hosts on your companies LAN. That's why you can't connect to company computers by domain name. The DNS lookup fails.

That is essentially could work is also easily verified. In nslookup you can specify another DNS server by typing 'server x.x.x.x' (where xxx is the IP address of your company's DNS server, probably KWF itself). When you now request '' you'll see it's your LAN's DNS server that is answering. And obviously, now you can do DNS requests of hosts on your corporate LAN as well.

Unfortunately I don't know of a way to automatically shift the DNS requests to your company's DNS server when (and only when) your vpn connection goes up.

So the short answer to your question is: "no" Cool
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