[vpn-help] VMware Guests/Wireless Networks Fail

Matthew Grooms mgrooms at shrew.net
Wed Mar 3 22:53:35 CST 2010

On 2/26/2010 6:09 PM, Stanage, Richard Mr. CTR USA CIO/G6 (EMC) wrote:
> Problem:
> While connected via a Wireless Network, Laptops fail to resolve DNS
> names; VMWare Guest machines on the laptop fail to connect to either
> wired or wireless networks when DNS Proxy Service is running. Stopping
> Shrew DNS Proxy resolves problem. Attempt is never made to connect to
> the target Cisco VPN Gateway.
> To Reproduce:
> When using a machine on which Shrew VPN 2.1.5 has already been installed…
> Connect to a wireless network (test network was a Linksys Wireless-N
> router in Mixed (B/G/N) mode using WPA2-Personal w/AES Encryption).
> Laptop Wireless NIC is running 802.11G
> Start browser; attempt to browse to any page using URL instead of IP
> Address.
> - Or -
> Connect to either a wired or wireless network. Start VMware Guest.
> Launch Guest’s web browser and attempt to connect to any page using URL
> instead of IP Address.

Thanks for reporting this issue. Its a known problem that we hope to fix 
in a future release. As a work around, you can disable the Shrew Soft 
Transparent DNS Proxy service as long as you don't require split DNS 


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