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Sharing problem between XP Pro clients and SBS 2003 server

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I have a Small Business Server 2003 domain with 20 XP Pro members.  2 of the computers are having problems connecting to a mapped drive using the UNC name.  They were previously working fine.  The local IT staff cleaned up some of the server shares and this issue starting happening.  While the clients cannot see the server share using the UNC, they can if they use the server's ip address or FQDN.

In summation \\server will not work.  \\192.168.X.X and \\server.domain.local work fine.

One more thing, If I connect using the UNC name, I see a single share ( thats not on the server) that is name "<username> My Documents"

Does anyone have any ideas on what is happening?
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Question by:meanyogurt
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by:cybersean
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It kind of sounds like a problem with the primary dns suffix on the client's nic
Check TCP/IP Advanced settings > DNS tab
Set it to Append Primary and connection specific dns suffixes
or ensure that "Append these suffixes in order" has your domain name (domain.local as you specified)
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by:abatemc
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remove them from the domain and reconnect them using http://[]servername]/connectcomputer. Prior to treadding them, remove and re-add the computers from the Client Computers snap-in in Server Management.
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Thank you for the help, but I stumbled upon the answer. The 2 PC were set to sync to a share that was removed on the server.  I unchecked make "available offline" for the removed share and the problem went away.
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