Mapping Network Drive

Dell SERVER
February 18, 2010 at 13:05:54
Specs: Windows Server 2003, Dell
So I have this Dell Server running. Previously it was running just fine until it crashed. Then the tech had to come in and replace the processor and mother board. So I have to reinstall the Windows Server 2003 back onto the system. I have done that, and now i want to access other computers on the network for sharing of files. But everytime I try to map the network drive the share files show up some of the time. They are also disconnecting all the time after I connect them. I am able to connect to one other computer in the network, that one is running XP. 2 other systems are running vista, and those are the ones that I am having trouble connecting to. I have tried to ping the system and it goes though without dropping any packages. The server has a static IP and I have enabled NETBios over tcpip. but that still did not work. I can connect sometimes with the computers ip address and share name. but it doesnt always work that way. I need to find a way to have this connect all the time with the server name.

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#1
February 18, 2010 at 14:37:16
Before it crashed, did you have a domain.local? After it was rebuilt, did you recreate the same domain.local with all the same profiles in AD?

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#2
February 18, 2010 at 14:50:34
I'm not sure what the domain.local is. We actually had someone
set up the server when it first arrived. But see I can access the
computer running XP most of the time and it rarely disconnects.
I have the same user name and the credentials are all the same.
And when I go in to "map the network drive" it shows me the
vista computers, but when I click the plus sign it often times
does not show me the share folders.

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#3
February 18, 2010 at 17:06:21
jeremylanders you reinstalled the system. All the computers have to rejoin.. everything needs to be recreated from scratch.

There are no shortcuts with this scenerio.


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#4
February 18, 2010 at 17:42:04
It sounds like you did a clean install of the server software but didn't duplicate the settings in Active Directory, from the previous network.

At the moment, all you have is some machines connected to the same router. You have the choice of creating a local domain or just using a workgroup.

It all depends are what your needs are.

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#5
February 19, 2010 at 07:52:24
I am on the workgroup named workgroup and yes I did a clean
install. You are saying that I need every computer to rejoin the
network? I am getting at least one of the computers to connect
more times than not.

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#6
February 19, 2010 at 08:27:05
Were you only running a workgroup previously?
Did you setup the dns server on the server?
Are the workstations pointing to it and not the internet for dns?
Is this server also providing dhcp to the pcs?
How many pcs/devices total connecting to the server?

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#7
February 19, 2010 at 10:03:37
Were you only running a workgroup previously? YES

Did you setup the dns server on the server? NO

Are the workstations pointing to it and not the internet for
dns? I'm not sure what the workstations are pointing to...I
don't think They are pointing to the internet for DNS

Is this server also providing dhcp to the pcs?Server is static IP
manually assigned.

How many pcs/devices total connecting to the server? I have
3 pcs connected to Ethernet cables along with a Wireless
router that has been configured to only produce wireless
signal for connecting to the network and internet.


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#8
February 19, 2010 at 10:55:24
post the results of an ipconfig /all from one of the workstations for review.

???How many pcs/devices total connecting to the server????
in other words you have 3 wkst but what else? Why wireless?


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#9
February 19, 2010 at 11:34:05
This is from the workstation that is not working


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\JLanders>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : BACKOFFICE-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1B-FC-B4-A4-0D
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::31be:29ff:9289:69fe%8(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:11:07 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, February 20, 2010 10:11:06 AM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 201333394
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-10-61-B5-A7-00-1B-FC-B4-A4-0D

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{E1E0DAA9-2758-47D6-B2AE-E6075E59E
C08}
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


END

???How many pcs/devices total connecting to the server????
in other words you have 3 wkst but what else? Why wireless?

Yes 3 workstations, a VPN router and a wireless router that is a dummy set up not to route anything,
it only sends out a wireless signal for wireless devices you know like laptops and phones that come
into the office. The DSL modem goes into the VPN and then a cable goes from the VPN to 2
computers one that is working with mapping and one that is not. Then another cable goes to the
wall...in another room the wall goes to the server. Then in another room a cable that goes to another
computer which is the main computer that I need access to most of the time.


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#10
February 19, 2010 at 20:04:18
kinda what I thought

OK you have two choices;
1. properly install and configure MS DNS server and dhcp services that auto updates ms dns. Configure isp dns forwarding. Configure the workstations to use the ms dns server.

2. create a hosts file [requires you stop doing dhcp on the vpn router except for wireless guests and assign static ips to the pcs].


Question now is how are the routers configured?

See the math doesn't work out. You have 5 devices requiring 5 physical connections but normally a soho router only has 4 lan ports. One for the router to router connection leaves you with one short.

Could it be the problem station is the one that is connected to the 2nd router?

2nd router connected by its wan port to the vpn router?


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#11
February 22, 2010 at 12:47:27
Not quite clear on that last post.
But basically, the office is wired with ethernet ports and the server and another workstation are connecting via the outlets in the wall. 2 other work stations and the wireless router are connected to the vpn

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#12
February 22, 2010 at 13:07:02
How are the routers connected? Lan to wan or lan to lan?

Did you understand the part about hosts file vs dns/dhcp configuration?


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#13
February 22, 2010 at 13:13:07
How are the routers connected? Lan to wan or lan to lan?
VPN LAN router is the main router. it hold the static ip. the wan router is connected with the first ip address that is acceptable which is 192.168.0.2

Did you understand the part about hosts file vs dns/dhcp configuration?
No I'm sorry I did not understand that. I am assuming the routers are configured correctly. becuase it was previously working before the server crashed.


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#14
February 23, 2010 at 09:04:27
Still having issues. Now the printer that is connected to one of
the problem workstations will not print from the server. I have a
canon printer attached to the workstation that has shared files
that will not show up in my workgroup network. I was able to
print 2 pages, but when I tried to print an additional document it
would not print. Still not sure what is happening here. I dont
understand this, because everything was previously working
before the server crashed.

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#15
February 23, 2010 at 09:53:28
which is why I was asking the questions I was.

Here are the possible issues;
name resolution - no dns and pointing to the internet means no local name resolution except by broadcasts [very slow]

topology - 2nd router needs to have dhcp disabled and connected by lan to lan not lan to wan [which is a question you never answered] or it will be in a different subnet than the router

security - you have wireless guest access to your network which means you have no security

user accounts - no mention that the local to the pc user accounts also exist on the server with same passwords.

event viewer - no mention of reviewing these on the server and the workstations for clues to what is wrong [though name resolution is a major start]

"everything was previously working before the server crashed."

You reinstalled the server!!!! You lost the entire config!!!! No documentation of the config. No backup of the config. You are starting from SCRATCH which means you start with peer to peer basics;

1. same user accounts/passwords on all
2. same ip subnet with netbios over tcp/ip enabled
3. something shared on all [everyone full control to start] and tested that you can access everytime
4. then you share the printers and properly install/configure the network printer access on the server.

BTW mainboard/cpu replacement with same does not result in a complete reinstall of the OS. Perhaps a repair. Something went very wrong to require a compete reinstall. Apparently there were no backups with system state or you could have restore it to the way it was. There are a lot of pieces missing here.


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#16
February 23, 2010 at 10:30:39
After reading the last post, I think the problem may be name
resolution. I should also mention that I use the remote
desktop top often, and before, over wireless on the same
network, the Remote Desktop was pretty fast. Now it is
slow. I can connect to the shared drives occasionally, but
they are disconnecting for no reason. I do have the same
user accounts and passwords i have netbios over tcp/ip
enabled something is being shared and is controllable by
everyone....and the printer is working properly some of the
time.

I did not have a backup, but after this I have started backing
up...and yes I probably should not have had to reinstall the
os but reps with dell came in to replace the mother board and
cpu, and told me i needed to reinstall the os, i dont think
they ever tried to start it up after the repair. now all the
config is gone...Can you help me with the DNS problem?


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#17
February 23, 2010 at 11:06:35
sure.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814591
You would pick workgroupname.local for your domain name.

though I would advise you use hosts files instead. Disable dhcp on the router. Set static ips on the pcs [server already has one]. Create the hosts file and then copy it to all pcs/server

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#18
February 23, 2010 at 11:16:47
In that case I will edit the host file. I have located it, now i
need to know what to put in there.

My understanding is that DHCP is disabled on the router
already, because it has a static ip address. The server does
indeed have a static ip and I even set up static ip on the
problematic pc.


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#19
February 23, 2010 at 12:02:10
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

It is not disabled. You are confusing a wan ip with lan ip.

You may wish to just assign static ips to the workstations in the x.x.x.250-254 [thats five ips] since you seem to need wireless access which is configured for dhcp. By doing as suggested the likely hood of an ip conflict when a guest joins the network should be rare.


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#20
February 23, 2010 at 14:27:54
oh ok. Well I think I need that on, because it was not off
before. So I'm thinking maybe some of my settings on the
server connection may be wrong actually. From looking at that
can you tell what my Default Gateway and DNS Servers should
be?

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#21
February 23, 2010 at 16:12:03
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
though I usually recommend you call your isp and get their recommended dns server ips.

dns set to gateway is just shove it out here and hope someone answers. But it does work.

So do static ip assignments to all pcs/server as recommended and create the hosts file. Once copied to all reboot and it will take effect.


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#22
February 25, 2010 at 07:06:39
Okay while I was in the process of setting all the computers
to static IP I decided to try and delete the gateway and dns
information. Doing so takes care of almost every problem. I
can access the remote desktop from within the network, but
since the internet connection has basically been cut off, I
cannot access remote desktop from anywhere else. I would
also like to get the internet connection back up and running,
so obviously this is not a fix for the problem, but does this
help to provide anymore insight into what may be causing the
problem?

Since posting this, I am running into more problems...the remote desktop will connect...then after a few minutes it will disconnect on it's own. Not sure what could be causing these issues...but the shared drives are always connected and i am not having any problems with that. This is crazy.


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