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NT Workstation problem Accessing server

By JimKlallsoo ·
N'work was ok until today when we had to reboot the WINS srvr

Domain running NT & 2K servers only

We have a total of 18 srvs over multiple sites

10 srvs at HQ, including the DHCP, PDC

1 srv at each remote location (either NT or 2k srvs, which are used as BDC's or trusts, not quite sure to be honest)

Since we rebooted the WINS srv, NT pc's at HQ have a problem accessing a (Finance) 2k srv at a remote location.

Finance usrs at HQ want to save files to the finance srv. However, after the reboot on the WINS srv they can no longer access the Finance srvr, though they can see it in network n'hood.

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When logged in as Dom ADMIN or a dom user on the problem NT PC's.

Users still have their mapped drives to N:\Finance and the mapped drives are still mapping when you look under my computer but mapped drives are not accessible by anyone including Domain Admins when they dbl click and try to open N:\Finance

(Domain Admin gets the following dialog box
Login with the following credentials and a username and passowrd box pops up)

(Dom usrs get Access denied dialog box)

I can't access the Finance srv from N'work N'hood either, though i can see it along with the rest of the PC's and srvs on the n'work.

I can ping the Finance srvr by pinging the <Servername> or the <IP Address of the Finance srvr> when logged in as Dom ADmin or Dom Usr and get a reply

I can connect to the srvr if i use Remote desktop Console from the problem NT Pc's

When i RDC into the srvr i can open n'work places on the srvr and see in n'work places the name of problem NT PC's (IT F34, etc, however when i right click the NT pc's have no DNS name)

DNS & WINS settings look ok via IPconfig, now here's the catch
When i log onto a 2k or XP pc i have no problem at all with the ITFinance srvr

I am logging in with the same usrname and pass on the XP Pc's as i was with the NT PC's.

What could my prob be?
Any help/Adive greatly appreciated

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to NT Workstation problem Ac ...

NT4 uses WINS more than W2K/XP workstations which uses DNS rather than WINS.

First check that there is an entry on WINS for the Finance server using nbtstat -a <server>.
If there isn`t any entries then the WINS IP address has not been registered in WINS properly. Look in TCP/IP Properties of the server.
Pinging will use DNS, so that will not work with WINS.
Also, check that the WINS server itself is registering new PCS ok and refreshing entries as well. You may need to check WINS Server properties to make sure.

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by JimKlallsoo In reply to NT Workstation problem Ac ...

NT4 uses WINS more than W2K/XP workstations which uses DNS rather than WINS.

First check that there is an entry on WINS for the Finance server using nbtstat -a <server>.

//Do i do ndtstat -a <finance> from the WINS server command prompt?

If there isn`t any entries then the WINS IP address has not been registered in WINS properly. Look in TCP/IP Properties of the server.

//Again which server


Pinging will use DNS, so that will not work with WINS.
Also, check that the WINS server itself is registering new PCS ok and refreshing entries as well.

//How do i do this?

You may need to check WINS Server properties to make sure.

Thanks for the reply

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to NT Workstation problem Ac ...

If the Finance server is called FINANCE1 then on a workstation on command prompt type

nbtstat -a FINANCE1
you should get at least three registered record types entries marked <00>,<03>,<20> for Workstation, Messenger and Server records (for SMB/File and Print Sharing).

You can create a 'New Static Mapping' in Wins database for the Finance server so remote users can access it via WINS Management console.

Do you have WINS servers in local and remote locations or just one shared?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to NT Workstation problem Ac ...

do you know the os of the finance server. anything in wkstn event log? how about time, is it synced ok

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

are all the nt4 boxes same sp? is it sp6a (if not, get it on a box to test)

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by awfernald In reply to NT Workstation problem Ac ...

Sounds to me that the Finance server cannot see the PDC via it's WINS.

If you are able to see the Finance server from HQ, but when you go to map the drive you get the access denied, then it means that you are getting TO the drive, but, the server controlling the drive cannot properly authenticate you.

To me, it sounds like the Finance server is accessing a different WINS server, and that WINS server is not replicating with the WINS server that your HQ is using. I would verify that all of your servers/users are accessing the same WINS servers or that the WINS servers are actually replicating with each other.

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