XP machine cannot browse using UNC path by name, but can ping by name and nslookups resolve
Posted on 2010-09-20
I have 1 XP SP3 machine that cannot browse many of my servers using UNC path by name (ie:\\servername or servername.domain.com). Returns error " \\servername The network path was not found "
Here are my symptoms:
Can browse using UNC path by IP fine (ie:\\10.150.90.50)
Can ping by name and nslookups resolve servername to IP fine (So I don't think it's a DNS issue)
Get same result if I try browsing using " net view servername " command. Returns error " System error 53 has occured. The network path was not found."
All 150 other XP machines on network can browse those same servers fine using UNC path by name. All client PC's get TCP/IP configuration via DHCP
Have confirmed that the machine in question is getting the proper IP, Subnet, Gateway and DNS configuration from DHCP.
No WINS involved. All servers are 2003 or later and all client PC run XP
Ran Combofix which made 4 deletions as follows:
c:\documents and settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\emxhofoxe
c:\documents and settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\emxhofoxe\xjhgcnushdw.exe
c:\documents and settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\ivcocfg.dll
Afterwhich I ran Superantispyware which found only tracking cookies (which got removed).
Then ran Malwarebytes which found nothing.
Tried resetting TCP/IP (netsh int ip reset c:\tcpipreset.log)
Tried resetting winsock (netsh winsock reset)
Have also tried disjoining PC from domain, renaming PC, then rejoining to domain, but still no luck.
I have tried other things, but this is all I can remember at this point.
I realised this to be a problem while trying troubleshooting why my GPO's were not being applied to this machine. In order for the machine to apply the GPO's, it needs to be able to access the policies folder in the SYSVOL share on a domain controller via UNC path by name as shown below
(\\domainname.com\SYSVOL\domainname.com\policies), which it cannot.
Was thinking about running a registry cleaner like CCleaner or Dial-A-Fix (DAF), but have not used either of them before..... any thoughts?
I am stumpted, please help.