WebVpn - Unable to contact necessary server.

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Oct 11th, 2008
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I'm a newbie and have recently purchased an ASA5505. I've manged to get it up and running and am attempting to set up WebVpn. I've followed the configuration instructions and can get to the point where I can see the Domains and Workgroups on my home network. However, when I select a workgroup I get a message "Unable to contact necessary server.

I have my WINS server running on my W2K box and can see in it's log each time the WebVpn tries to access it.

Result of the command: "Show run"

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ASA Version 7.2(4)


hostname ciscoasa

domain-name default.domain.invalid

enable password xxx

passwd xxx



interface Vlan1

nameif inside

security-level 100

ip address


interface Vlan2

nameif outside

security-level 0

ip address A.B.C.D


interface Ethernet0/0

switchport access vlan 2


interface Ethernet0/1


interface Ethernet0/2


interface Ethernet0/3


interface Ethernet0/4


interface Ethernet0/5


interface Ethernet0/6


interface Ethernet0/7


ftp mode passive

clock timezone EST -5

clock summer-time EDT recurring

dns server-group DefaultDNS

domain-name default.domain.invalid

pager lines 24

logging enable

logging asdm informational

mtu outside 1500

mtu inside 1500

icmp unreachable rate-limit 1 burst-size 1

asdm image disk0:/asdm-524.bin

no asdm history enable

arp timeout 14400

global (outside) 1 interface

nat (inside) 1

route outside A.B.C.0 1

timeout xlate 3:00:00

timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 icmp 0:00:02

timeout sunrpc 0:10:00 h323 0:05:00 h225 1:00:00 mgcp 0:05:00 mgcp-pat 0:05:00

timeout sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00 sip-invite 0:03:00 sip-disconnect 0:02:00

timeout sip-provisional-media 0:02:00 uauth 0:05:00 absolute

http server enable

http inside

no snmp-server location

no snmp-server contact

snmp-server enable traps snmp authentication linkup linkdown coldstart

telnet timeout 5

ssh timeout 5

console timeout 0

dhcpd auto_config outside


dhcpd address inside

dhcpd enable inside



port 444

enable outside

enable inside

svc enable

customization DfltCustomization

application-access hide-details enable

url-list HDQ "HDQ" 1

group-policy GroupPolicy1 internal

group-policy GroupPolicy1 attributes

vpn-tunnel-protocol IPSec l2tp-ipsec webvpn


functions url-entry file-access file-entry file-browsing

username user1 password xxx encrypted privilege 15

tunnel-group DefaultWEBVPNGroup general-attributes

default-group-policy GroupPolicy1

tunnel-group DefaultWEBVPNGroup webvpn-attributes

nbns-server master timeout 2 retry 2


class-map inspection_default

match default-inspection-traffic



policy-map type inspect dns preset_dns_map


message-length maximum 512

policy-map global_policy

class inspection_default

inspect dns preset_dns_map

inspect ftp

inspect h323 h225

inspect h323 ras

inspect rsh

inspect rtsp

inspect esmtp

inspect sqlnet

inspect skinny

inspect sunrpc

inspect xdmcp

inspect sip

inspect netbios

inspect tftp


service-policy global_policy global

prompt hostname context


: end

Please advise.


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dlmumford Sat, 10/11/2008 - 11:58
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Please note.

url-list HDQ "HDQ" 1

This was a test config.

Has been updated to

url-list HDQ "HDQ" cifs:// 1

Still no luck.


dlmumford Wed, 10/15/2008 - 15:39
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Thanks everyone.

I figured it out. It appears that the WebVPN screen only shows available domains/workgroups. To access machines I have to search for the specific network path of the machine I am wanting to access.

dlmumford Sat, 10/18/2008 - 07:06
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I still think it should be possible to see my whole network by ckicking on the root workgroup on the Browse Networks panel without specifying a specific ip.

Is this correct?

Still getting the message in my subject line when I try.

Thanks in advance.


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