Network Shares not opening properly

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have some network shares that are not opening properly.   Its a pretty peculiar situation.  The server was set up with Windows Server 2000 initially and the network shares stopped working.  You could map a drive with no problem but when you double clicked on the network drive you are prompted to chose an application to open the drive with.  You know, when you try to open a file that does not have an application associated with it, you are prompted to chose which application to use.  You can browse to explorer.exe and open the drive but it does not remember to use explorer.exe so the next time you try to access the drive it gives you the same dialog box.  Well, we reformatted the drive and installed Server 2003.  We used the Microsoft File Server Migration tool to move the shares off the server and back on, but the same thing is happening.  The funny thing is that if I create a new share it works fine so there has to be something wrong with the existing shares.  I have given everyone full access in the sharing and security sections to try and rule out a permissions issue.  I have even given the same permissions to new shares I created and they work fine.  I have taught people how to browse to explorer.exe so they have a workaround in place but I need to resolve this.  Any ideas would be great!
Question by:thelink12
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    How many shares are affected?  Given the fact that any new shares created are not exhibiting the same issue, it may be best to just create new shares and copy your data to the new shares. How do your event logs look, any indication there?  By using the Microsoft File Server Migration tool, it seems to have migrated the problem along with the shares.
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    Have you tried unsharing the folders and then resharing them?
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    I would also perform a full virus scan...just to be certain this is not virus related.

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    No viruses.  Its just a few shares and a reboot temporarilly resolve the issue.  I have tried deleting and recreating the shares.  Creating a new share and copying the data over.  There has to be something in the data that is shared that is causing the problem.  This will be one of those issues that haunts me forever.  Thanks for all your ideas.

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