The new Vista may have a 3rd party firewall block different subnet if you
have one. If yes, you may need to add the work LAN subnet when you use VPN.
For a test, start the Vista with clean boot.
windows faqsHow to run Windows OS with a clean boot How to stop the
Messenger Service ads How to tell who is logged on at a remote computer ...
Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
"buddy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I have a new Lenovo with Vista for business OS (that replaces my old
> thinkpad on XP). At my office, I am able to use remote desktop
> connection to remotely operate my work pc (a VISTA business OS) - by
> attaching to the work network by wire. However, at home I use the VPN
> to connect to the work network. THe VPN connects just fine but the RDC
> comes up with the error message "This computer can't connect to the
> remote PC."
> At home I have a 3 PC wired network with the notebook being one of the
> connections. THe other PCs are XP pro's and can connect via the VPN and
> RDC to my work PC with no problems.
> I've read the posts and it seems there isn't a clear answer to this
> problem. Also, if there is a fix that affects my home network, then
> what happens when I'm traveling and use the broadband connection in a
> hotel? If the issue is opening ports, I'll need some help as my
> experience with my router (netgear) is basic to moderate.
> I need to resolve this as I leave town in a week for business and I
> need to connect.