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Cannot view domain computers - but can log on !

By markbagus ·
Hi

Have a problem I hope someone can advise me on regarding a Windows 2003 Server domain network I look after.

When I log on to one particular PC, no problem - it lets me log in as my domain user account.

However, when I go to view the network from this machine (eg My Network Places --> Entire network --> Microsoft Windows Network) it says:


unable to browse the network

the network is not present or not started


If I do a search in Active Directory from this machine, all the network/AD items show up (users, printers, etc) - but I cannot connect to them - but they do appear.

I have logged on as administrator to this machine, as well as giving the computer full rights etc - but what am I missing?

Is it possible a service has, somehow, got stopped and should be started?

The rest of the network works fine.

Hope someone can help.

Thanks

Mark.

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Network settings

by CG._ In reply to Cannot view domain comput ...

Check the network settings on the computers to make sure that they are all correct,DNS, WINS.
The reason that you might be able to log in is maybe you have the logons cached.
That could be causing the problem

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Thanks - found problem - bad disk

by markbagus In reply to Network settings

Hi

Yes, logons are cached so that deals with logons.

Have found the problem.

The Workstation Service won't start up - the event log shows this is because of 'bad blocks' on the disk so it cannot load the files required to start this service.

Hence, a load of (important) other dependent services won't start either.

Did a chkdsk and some errors on the disk.

Bloody typical that this happens while I am not physically local to the network !

Guess I'm into replacing the hard disk (it is rather old anyway)and re-installing Windows etc. What a pain !

Anyway, thanks CG_IT for your reply.

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