How to use VPN for remote access to office files

We use various types of VPN such as LT2P, OpenVPN, and others for remote access to company files.

Some people confuse this type of VPN with another type of VPN used for privacy. In this article we are not discussing privacy VPN, we are discussing VPN for access to a remote file server or intranet.


VPN for Windows
VPN client settings for Microsoft Windows

How to for Microsoft Windows users:

If you are using LT2P you can use the built in VPN client in Windows.

If you are using OpenVPN use this OpenVPN client:


Connect your VPN client

On a Windows computer
If you are using a windows computer and the built in VPN client you must first connect to the remote office network

Step 2


  • Open windows files by typing the server name at the Start button




Go to Start + type \\servername, then press enter

  • Your file shares should show up (it may ask for a password, if nothing shows up you did it wrong)
  • Map network drives by right clicking
  • Always access files from a drive letter that has been mapped

Important:  This is just an example.  Always write down the correct location of the files for your server for reference.

How to for Apple MacOS or OSX users:

Using LT2P or PPTP VPN
 Use the built in VPN client


Using OpenVPN
You can find the free OpenVPN client for Mac Tunnelblick at our Downloads page (Resources)

Tips for mobile device use:

Install an app on your device to let you search, view, and open files

iPads/iPhones Apple iOS – use FileBrowser from the Apple App Store

Google Android device – use ES File Explorer from the Google Play Store

Technical notes:

  • You will usually be accessing SMB shares 
  • Servers are usually Windows file server or Linux Samba server, NAS appliances are usually SAMBA servers 
  • Apple clients no longer use AFP, they use SMB
  • Try to avoid using the inferior PPTP VPN at all