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Server disappears from domain, shared folders are not accessible

Posted on 2009-05-14
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Hello:

I have a Windows server 2003, that since about 2 days ago, magically disappears from the network domain list (microsoft windows network) and then no one can access its shared folders, etc. Why is this happening? Nothing has changed. How can I fix this problem. Restarting the server works, but over the course of the day, it disappears again.
cheers,
joseph
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by:PeteJThomas
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Have you had a look through the servers event logs around the times of these problems to see if there are any relevant events just prior to the problem? Maybe a service failing or something like that? Maybe the Browser service or server service or something?

Once the problem has occured, can you access to server by any other means? i.e. typing it's IP into the run dialogue etc? (\\*.*.*.* or whatever?)
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by:andypun
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Try updating the server. We had a server which behaved similarly(shared folders no longer accessible due to service being stopped for no reason).
After the updates, we no longer got such problems.
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by:CEGE
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hello:

andypun, what do you mean by update? I always have the server set to not update, becuase it has caused problems in the past.
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Not to automatically update (unless through WSUS) = good idea
Not to update AT ALL = bad idea

Using the MS update site you can select which updates to install and which to not install. Sometimes you'll experience no problems whatsoever without updating, other times you're not so lucky. Security updates should be considered pretty important, for example.

Anyway sorry to interrupt... :)

Pete
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It's what Pete said.
Sorry I wasn't more specific; but yes, I meant Windows update.

We also usually have automatic updates off, but since the server was behaving so weirdly(we had looked at all possible problems/conflicts/etc), we did the updates. Thankfully, the updates did not cause any problems and fixed the issue.


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by:CEGE
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thank you  for the help.
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