Windows NT Server can't be seen by other Windows clients
Posted on 2003-03-05
Here's the dilemma I currently have for a Windows NT Network I'm working with at a local church:
This network has a Windows NT Server 4.0 sp6 and several Windows 98/95/ME/XP machines. They have the Windows NT Server bascially setup like a regular workstation (and use it like one too). So, before this week, they were able to access shared folders on the NT Server box and the NT Server could access shared folders on the other machines as well. They also have a network printer called iR2000. The Windows NT Server as well as the rest of the machines get their IPs from a DSL router in another building. So the WinNT box uses "Obtain IP address automatically" - basically just vision this box as a regular workstation (why it's setup that way, I have no idea).
Well, they installed PPTP trying to setup a VPN for Remote Access. Then they decided against it and uninstalled it. Now here is where the troubles have popped up.
The problem: The Windows NT Server (called Dell2500) no longer shows up in the Network Neighborhood of the other machines (other than itself). So no one can access the files on it. If you try to do a search for it, it yields no results. If you try to ping its IP address, it times out. But the WindowsNT box can access the internet just fine, so it's on the network. The WinNT Server cannot see the other machines in Network Neighborhood either. But there is one exception > for whatever reason the ir2000 shows up in the WinNT Network Neighborhood and everyone else's. It prints to the network printer just fine. On a side note, all the other machines can see each other too and get to their files. The WinNT Server is just left out of the loop. Some people had shortcuts to it, and when they double-click, they get an error saying "can't connect to shared resource" or "can't find shared name on network". Although--- I can do a find computer on the WinNT server, connect to another Windows ME machine, the WinME machine will say "User from \\Dell2500 about to be disconnected" when I go to shut down the machine. So it is "out there".
I have tried researching and discovered some stuff about WINS, but I don't quite understand it. I don't think it applies, since they don't use the NT Server as a real "server". I changed a registry setting to insure that the WinNT Server is the master browser (or at least gets priority). I just need to get the box recognized again by the other machines so they can access some files off of it. We have tried uninstalling TCP/IP and reinstalling it, but nothing has helped.
I'm hoping someone can help. They desperately need some files off of it (they have some large databases that reside on it).