Can't connect to a network computer when it has a specific name

By byrt ·
Hi. I have a network with 2 xp computers, 3 vista and a xp file server named server1. After working fine for a year the vista computers were suddenly unable to connect to the server by name. They could connect by IP but the software they run requires a named path. I exhausted all possible solutions found on the net. So - I wiped out the server and installed vista on it. The problem is STILL there. The xp computers can connect but not the vista ones. If I change the name to serverX everything connects but their database has the name server1 hardcoded into it. Ideas anyone?

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Quick fix - use the HOSTS file

by seanferd In reply to Can't connect to a networ ...

map the names to the IPs.

Was there a Windows update just before your network broke? Did you change any names. Are they all in the same workgroup or domain?

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hosts file

by byrt In reply to Quick fix - use the HOSTS ...

Do I need to change the host file on each pc? I can aleady browse to the server on the network but when I try to access it I get a username and password dialogue and none of the users/passwords on server1 or the connecting pc work. A windows update is possible but since the server is now vista it would be hard to check. No names were changed and all computers are in the same workgroup. I have also disabled/enabled file sharing, reshared all folders, applied the lltd update to xp computers. Any other ideas?

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