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I have several W2K servers on the same domain. THe PDC is an NT 4 box which also runs WINS. Out of a
group of three, one is fine, but the other two are giving
me the following problems:

When I try to "see" them in My Network Places - they don't show up. (One does, the other 2 don't)

When I ping them by name, it does resolve them and reply
ok.

I am running a WINS server and they are all 3 mapped.

When I try from the Run to enter \\servername , I get a
network path not found error on 2 out of the 3. But they
will ping okay.

Thoroughly confused - it resolves the name for the ping,
but not anyway else. All 3 have exact same DNS/WINS/Gateway, etc. settings. Anyone have any ideas?
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by:MSGeek
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What type of OS are you running your tests from, if it's Win2k it will start with DNS (not WINS).  This may be more of a DNS issue.  If you have Win2k servers, why not run in mixed mode and convert to DNS (Legacy clients dependent on WINS?)
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tests are being run from W2K. The DNS as I previously described, is run from a Linux box but only provides access to our internally hosted websites. We have varios servers, both W2K and NT 4, that for various reasons we cannot upgrade at thsi time. There are a large number of W2K servers on the network that show up with no problems. It just seems to be these 2 specific servers that have the problem.
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Are you sure WINS is replicating properly?  Where are thses servers located, same area? Are they on a different switch or another side of a broadcast domain?
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I believe it is replicating properly - servers are in same area in same switch, same subnet. How could I check replication?
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Actually, the WINS is on an NT 4 box, so I don't see how the articles apply, but thanks!
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Glad I could be of some help.  Thanks, MSGeek.
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