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Multiple Network Connections During Shut

By leon_guerrero ·
When users of our network shut down their Windows 98 computer they get a message that there are 1 to 40+ users connected to their machine even though they have nothing shared. I used net watcher to see which machines are connected and they are NT workstations and servers connecting to IPC$. If I check the event log for these NT computers they have the following: "The redirector has timed out a request to \\computer name" \\computer name = one of the 98 machines. Our network uses DHCP, WINS, TCP/IP, and NetBEUI.
I would like to stop these multiple unwanted connections if possible. Thanks for any help or advice you can give me.

JLG

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by Tony Hogan In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...

Is this all of the Windows 98 systems or just one? If just one, I'd check to make sure it is not providing any services [eg. personal web services can also allow other client connections]. Also, quick culprit check - change the IP address of the system and see what occurs. I'm wondering if:
* WINS or DHCP point to the 98 box as a server
* It's acting as a browse master

Hope this helps.

I've also seen something similar to this with a 98 box that was a virus package redistributor.

-tony

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by leon_guerrero In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...
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by McKayTech In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...

Wow! That's a strange one and I don't have an immediate answer for you.

However, if that were happening on my network I would wonder first of all if I really needed to be running NetBeui and would probably try removing that protocol first (if it wasn't known to be necessary).

Second, I would check the DHCP settings and make sure that they were pointing to the right WINS server (and that the scope excluded the WINS server) and not to an IP held by one of the Win98 workstations. Use IPCONFIG /ALL to check on what settings are being received. The error message you reported sounds suspiciously like what we see when one of our machines is trying to find a non-existant WINS server.

Hope that provides a start!

paul

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by leon_guerrero In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...
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by shepherr In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...

1) WINS...can cause connections as a lease can expire, thus the PC makes another connection to the WINS server.
2) Users using resources on the Servers.
3) DHCP

All of these can make connections on the network, and until it releases, will show up as a 'user connected' to their machine. Also, from your statement about the redirector...Have you reinstalled this machine from the ground up? One useful way to check things, is clone the machine (for backup purposes), then scratch the whole setup. If, after a reinstall, you still get this, then it isn't a fault of the 98 box.

Another thought, is to check networking services on the 98 machine, you can have file and print sharing services installed, but not share anything, this makes further calls to IPC$ because of it's Broadcast capability. Remove them, and it can sometimes fix the problem also.

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by leon_guerrero In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...
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by DAN_HAMMOCK In reply to Multiple Network Connecti ...

I had the same message with the IPC$ share on a win 95 box. The fix I used was to share an empty folder as IPC$ and put a password on that share. This prevented the other machine from attaching to it. Not a fix but a work-around.

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