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Keep getting the error message "No network provider accepted the given network path" while trying to browse to a UNC share within Server 2003 R2 Virtual machine.

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Keep getting the error message "No network provider accepted the given network path" while trying to browse to a UNC share within Server 2003 R2 Virtual machine.

I click on the Start button and then run. Then I type in \\192.168.9.2\c$ (the IP address of the host server, which is Server 2003 for Small Business Server) and I receive this error.

The Virtual machine add-ins have already been installed.

The Server 2003 R2 Virtual machine is using a DHCP IP address.

How can I fix this?
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This is usually a DNS/WINS related issue. Is this on a domain? If so can you ping the FQDN?

If yes, what happens when you use FQDN and not IP?
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Browsing to these network shares using the FQDN works just fine!

However, I would also like to completely fix this issue so that I can also browse to these network shares by using their IP addresses.

What do I have to do to fix this issue?
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by:wdurrett
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HI.

Can you check and make sure you have file and print sharing turned on on your network adapter for the VM?
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Whoops - sorry for the previous post.  I did not see that you could browse to the FQDN.

In that case, can you disable windows firewall and see if it works?

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by:bdibene
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admin shares are disabled on domain controllers.  Is this a DC?
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This happens on all of the computers that I try to browse to using UNC share names, even those that are not domain controllers.
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if you can get to the FQDN, but not the IP, then forward DNS resolution is working, but not reverse DNS.
is there a pointer record in DNS for these computers?  Do the DNS entries' IP's match the IP's for that computer in DHCP?
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