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Cannot access shares for SBS2003 server

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I have an SBS2003 network with the primary SBS server running all operations masters roles, exchange 2003, etc.  I also have 3 additional member servers in the network (one w2003 server running terminal services and one w2000 server running file/print services).  All are patched to latest patches.  All has been fine until about 4 days ago...
I cannot get at the sbs2003 server shares -- says the network name cannot be found.
I was running WINS on this server and the W2000 server as replication partners .. now only the w2000 server instance is running and the SBS server instance cannot be found -- network path not found.
I cannot browse the network domain and see all workstations as I could before ... cannot find path...

I can ping the 2003 server and even get to the server IIS intranet page normally.  In addition, our email clients are working normally with the server (it's running exchange 2003).  The 2003 server can see all shares on all other servers normally -- others cannot see into it.  I turned the firewall off to no effect.  I'm also not seeing anything out of the ordinary in the event logs?

Does anybody have any ideas as to where I should look for clues on this issue?
Thanks!  Paul C
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by:bhnmi
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Nothing in the even logs about the master browser? And what do you mean the WINS server is gone?? I might start by figuring out what happened to it and getting it backup.
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by:nmssgic
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I've tried to get the WINS server back up... I've stopped/restarted the service and its running w/ no problem.  The wins console cannot "find" the wins server running on that machine even if I access the Wins console from that machine.  I think it's in the master browser side of things....  
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by:code4pc
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In the properties for the NIC card on the machine that cannot browse by netbios name, make sure that "enable netbios over TCP/IP" is checked. path is TCP/IP properties, advanced, WINS tab.
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by:nmssgic
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I set the netbios settings as recommended but still no go.  When I do a browstat status on the SBS server (named PEOPLE) I get the following:


Status for domain NMSSILD on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{B83032F5-012B-44DA-BBB1-F16551FD824D}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is:
Could not connect to registry, error = 1707        Unable to determine build of browser master: 1707
   Unable to determine server information for browser master: 123
    1 backup servers retrieved from master
        \\PEOPLE
    Unable to retrieve server list from : 2351


Status for domain NMSSILD on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{6294B56C-5803-4960-AED7-12F8D6CE6F8B}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: PEOPLE
        Master browser is running build 3790
    1 backup servers retrieved from master PEOPLE
        \\PEOPLE
    There are 0 servers in domain NMSSILD on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{6294B56C-5803-4960-AED7-12F8D6CE6F8B}
    There are 2 domains in domain NMSSILD on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{6294B56C-5803-4960-AED7-12F8D6CE6F8B}

When I do a BROWSTAT status on another server I get the following:



Status for domain NMSSILD on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{0A877E59-F3AC-4D85-B796-141D67FBB405}
    Browsing is active on domain.
    Master browser name is: ?????
Could not connect to registry, error = 53        Unable to determine build of browser master: 53
   Unable to determine server information for browser master: 123
    1 backup servers retrieved from master ?????
        \\PEOPLE
    Unable to retrieve server list from ?????: 2351
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nmssgic earned 0 total points
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I found the solution.  Somehow the file and printer sharing for microsoft networks got unchecked.  I checked it and we're good to go.

Thanks for you help
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