Weird Problem with Shared Resources in Windows XP

August 11, 2012 at 00:03:24
Specs: Windows XP SP2
Hi,

I have on odd problem with 2 WinXPSP2 machines. I can manage them and see their shares from any other machine machine in the domain. But when I try to browse machine B for its shares or manage it from machine A, It is impossible! and what makes it more weird is that I can ping machine B from machine A. OK, the problem is that I need to use a shared printer on machine B from machine A and simply I can't. Can anybody help me to fix this issue?

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#1
August 11, 2012 at 10:11:36
I'm not a fan of windows updates but don't you think it's time to install SP3? Other than that, are the permissions correct? Are all necessary users also listed on the local machines & not just on the server?

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#2
August 11, 2012 at 23:02:44
Thank you for your reply.I have installed SP3 but the problem still is there. Let me give you a more detailed accurate explanation of the problem:
Both Machines A and B with the names of "M227" and "M006" respectively are members of a 2003 Active Directory domain. M227 has a fixed IP Address of 10.1.1.1/24 and default gateway of 10.1.1.254. M006 obtains its IP Address from the DHCP Server with an address pool of 192.168.100.1~192.168.101.254/22 (192.168.102.1~192.168.103.254/22 are reserved). Default G/W for this range is 192.168.101.254. Both machines have the same DNS settings.
Both default G/W IP addresses (10.1.1.254 and 192.168.101.254) are set on the same interface of the (cisco) router.
I can ping and "tracert" M006 from M227 by its IP addresses, NetBIOS and FQDN names and vice versa.
But when I try to browse M006 shared resources from M227 "The network path is no longer available." message pops up and I cannot browse M006.
M227 shares are accessible from all workstations plus M006. Also M006 shared resources are accessible from all machines, of course except for M227.
If I change the network adapter settings of the M227 to obtain its IP address from DHCP server, the issue will be fixed, but the problem is that fixed IP address must not be changed.

Thank you and regards


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#3
August 12, 2012 at 13:55:20
Off the top of my head, my guess is that it's the separate subnets that are giving you the problem. There is probably something in the routing table that needs to be adjusted. I can't say what it is. I know of another forum where the guys do that stuff all the time. If you don't get an answer here try www.minasi.com

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#4
August 13, 2012 at 07:10:28
But when I try to browse M006 shared resources from M227 "The network path is no longer available." message pops up and I cannot browse M006.
M227 shares are accessible from all workstations plus M006. Also M006 shared resources are accessible from all machines, of course except for M227.

This narrows the issue down quite nicely. It would be nice to know how you're what shared resources you're trying to access (ie: printer, shared folder, etc) and how you're trying to access it (ie: RDP, mapping a drive, etc).

So, if you could come back to us with that info, that would be helpful.

Just an FYI, it's better to use lower IP's for gateway. Specifically, .1 is best. It's much harder to supernet using high numbers for your gateway. In other words:
.1 = easy to supernet
.254 = hard to supernet

I just thought you might like to know.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#5
August 13, 2012 at 13:51:34
That's an excellent point on gateway IPs.

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