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How can i connect to a share which is saying device already in use

By mabulabo ·
i have a server which has a number of shares. I can connect to other shares without problems but the other share i can not. its giving the error saying : error reconnecting the drive f: local device already in use. i tried remapping it but it did not help. However what surprises me is that i can access the share from the other computers on a different network while i am failing from other computers on a separate network again. Any ideas on how i can resolve this?

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This sounds like it could be a vlan issue.

by d13thdragon In reply to How can i connect to a sh ...

Without knowing any other details it is very hard to say what is stopping your connection. Are the computers that are able to connect on the same lan as the server you are trying to connect to? And assuming that the ones that won???t connect are on other lans. Does the server run dns that you are trying to connect the share? If so changing your computers dns to that server. If it is not a domain you are using and are using windows workgroup then try installing wins and add wins to your dhcp server. I am at a loss due to lack of info. Wish I could be of more help.
Questions:
1. Does your computer connect to the share if you change it to the subnet that the clients are able to connect? -if yes than continue- if not then try it, it would really narrow down the possibilities.
2. Are you running windows server if so which one?
3. Is it a workgroup or domain?
4. What version of windows clients are able to connect or not connect.
5. Are you running a soho network or enterprise? (Basicly do you have a $400 or a $50,000+ network in place)
6. It really maybe the size of the hammer you threatened the computer with. Buy a bigger hammer. (Key word threaten it don???t kill it.)

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by mabulabo In reply to This sounds like it could ...

Thanks for your help. Here are the answers on the questions asked above
1. I have not tried taking one computer from the subnet which i am able to connect to the share but i have tried logging in as one of users on subnet which is able to access the share. The user is able to access the share. But if he logs in on any pc whose subnet is failing to access the share, he is still failing.
2. I am running windows server 2003
3.it is a domain and not a workgroup
4. Both computers are running windows xp
5. it is an enterprise network

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I didn't notice drive f:

by d13thdragon In reply to How can i connect to a sh ...

Disconnect from the network. rightclick computer click manage click storage click disk management is there a drive f: such as a thumb drive, external hard drive or even an internal harddrive if a network drive is assigned a drive letter that is in use on xp you get this error. When mapping a network drive it is best to start at z: and go up the alpha because windows starts at a: another way is to create an empty folder on a hard drive and map the network drive to it instead of a drive letter. Let me know if this helps other than that it is a networking issue and will be happy to help guide you through it.

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by mabulabo In reply to I didn't notice drive f:

Thanks once again. I tried to map using letters like Y,Z but the didn't help matters. I do not know how to map a folder to a shared network drive. i will also appreciate so much if you can take me through things that i can check to find out if its a network issue.

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