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Windows Me/2000 clients stop loging into server, internet access OK

Hello all, I have 98 and Me clients in a 2000 pro server, all was well until two weeks ago. Client pcs are denied access to server although access to internet is fine. As I get the "Can't find drive..." messages, I click OK on all, and then, I Run \\\ServerIP. Then manually map the drives, this works fine. Also I noticed that I can't see the c: drive when trying to scan with NAV CE on safe mode. Any clues on this?
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Internet access will be fine if your 2000 Server doesn't have 2 NICs in it running ICS. That is b/c your workstations are just connected directly to the Internet through a switch then out to a router (T1, DSL, Cable, etc.).  So, you're going to want to check your 2000 Server's connectivity. Get the IP address of one of your workstations (run ipconfig from a command prompt) and then open a command prompt at the Server and run a ping command on the workstation's IP Address (ping <IP Address).

If you can ping the workstation, you have basic network connectivity. So, you can rule out problems with switches, cables, jacks, RJ45s, NICs or otherwise. If you can't ping the workstation, check all of your hardware first (maybe even buy a cable tester - http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/searchdetail.asp?T1=115+3755).

If everything checks out hardware wise, start digging into that server to find the problem.  You said that you can't find the drives, but can map to them so this sounds like your server is online.  See what you can get from the server inside 'Network Neighboorhood' from one of your 98 clients. Right-click on My Computer and map a network drive.  (Syntax:  \\server\share)  Also, try setting up a new share on the 2000 Server (right-click folder, Sharing) and try mapping that.  You may have a problem with some of the older shares.

Hope that helps out some.
AdAstraNetAuthor Commented:
Thank you for response amann44. Just a few minutes ago, a user that had been logged on for hours, with no problems, realized that she coul'nt open a document residing in the server. When she checked the drives in My Computer, all mapped drives to the server were Xed out.  I'm gonna try your suggestions and will report back shortly. Thanks again.
AdAstraNetAuthor Commented:
Alright here we go. I did all you suggested and I still had problems with users not logging on as cleanly as they use to. So, when I was working on a user that has just  drop access to all the shares, I ran winipcfg /all, out came the display with nothing unusual ips were assigned DNSs were assigned. Then I clicked on Release IP followed by Renew IP, and boom, all the drives showed up. This sent me back to the server as you had suggested initially. What I found is that the Linksys router had DHCP on . . . and so did the server! Not sure how the linksys jumped in with DHCP on, but the good news is that all's well now, and I want to thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

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