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WinXP won't see domain

Posted on 2004-08-08
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Ok, I know this was ill-advised but I turned on "Automatic Updates" yesterday on my main workstation in order to get online for SP2. I don't think SP2 downloaded but several XP service packs did.  Now, I can't see my NT4 domain. Here is some info:

1) I can login to the domain from this workstation. None of my drives mount, and when I try to access the domain via Explorer it hangs. Drive shortcuts return errors.

2) I have net access and can get to the NT4 server using VNC, I can also ping the server successfully from this workstation.

3) I can login using my username/password and browse the domain from my secondary WinXP workstation.

*** Question: How can I troubleshoot this and get back online quickly? I have a serious deadline tomorrow which is why I'm in and working, and have no IT help available. ***

You don't need to point out that I shouldn't have installed service packs. I did it yesterday after a 14-hour programming stint, and I don't think I was in my right mind. The invitations from Microsoft seemed to make sense at that point...
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a few things to try
http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxpwin9x.htm
and from a great expert lrmoore
First and formost, make sure there is no firewall software running! XP has built in PFW.Turn off the Internet Connection Firewall ICF in the advanced settings for the Lan Connection. Check for Norton Internet Security AV/Firewall, BlackIce, ZoneAlarm, et al.

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Next, check your XP networking setup:

http://support.chartermi.net/support/pipeline/windows/winxp_network.html

Although this link says to set netbios over tcp/ip to "default", follow the instructions below...

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Turn on "Simple file sharing" on the XP machine. Open explorer, click tools, click folder options, click the view tab and scroll down until you see "Use simple file sharing" then check the box..

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For the duration of testing, enable the Guest account on XP. If all works, you can deal with that issue later (username/passwords for everyone on every PC)

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Client for Microsoft Networks needs to be the primary network logon for all other machines

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All machines are in the same workgroup


Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP

Step 1: Turn On NetBIOS over TCP/IP

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.

Click Network Connections.

Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.

Click the WINS tab.

Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.

Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

Close the Network Connections window.

Step 2: Start the Computer Browser Service

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

In the console tree, expand Services and Applications.

Click Services.

In the right details pane, verify that the Computer Browser service is started, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.

Close the Computer Management window.

References:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;318030

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314366

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315267

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/troubleshoot/slowbrowse02.htm

http://www.michna.com/kb/WxNetwork.htm




SP2 has an improved firewall, that should be the first thing to check
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