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Windows 7 Pro wkstation on domain cannot see XP machines on SBS 2003 network

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The XP machines CAN see the Win7 machine.  This is a domain network. Win 7 machine can see printers and router.

I can map network drives from the Win 7 machine to the other computers with \\server\xxxx method.

Thank you
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Question by:dgrenda
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by:jrwarren
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Please double check your network location - may need to set it to Work to open more communication options.

Network Locations

Also, check the Network Discovery.  Be sure to enable it and the intranet settings, as well.

Network Discovery
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Thank you. Then network location is WORK and discovery is on. That's why this is perplexing. The XP machines can see the Windows 7 machine.

It's almost like this is a DNS issue but I have the exact set up on other networks and there is no problem.
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Go into the Network Settings on the NIC.

   Start --->  Control Panel --->  Network and Sharing Center
Select Change Adapter setting on the left menu
   Right click the Adapter in use and select properties.

Remove the checkmark from IPv6 and reboot.
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by:dgrenda
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The IPv6 is off and has been actually. It is running strictly on IPv4.

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Well... Just on a whim - flip it on and reboot.
   I will try to think of more options in the meantime.
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IPv6 back on and rebooted and still cannot see anything.

Oddly, I can map a network drive from the Win7 machine to a SBS2003 shared folder by using the \\servername\folder route.....but on occasion the drive mapping gets the red X.

Today, I went to check your suggestion and the red X was on the drive mapping. When I clicked on the red x, I got a message about the destination name already being in use.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
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 I am not sure how many cycles you have spent on the machine?  If the machine does not have critical information on it, it may be worth a reload.  Windows7 OS only takes an hr to load and patch.  This is just stating from a practical return on investment business decision.  If this is a self edification, then I am happy to spend some time with it, as well.

  Right click My computer and select properties.   We want to configure the NIC.  Check the power settings, turn off the ability to disable the device to save power.  Also check the Advanced tab in the network connection properties.  specifically DNS and WINS.
  In DNS : Append primary connection specific DNS SUffixes
                    Check mark : Append Parent Suffixes
    Optionally enter the domain.local in the  DNS Suffix for this connection
    Check mark : register this connection's address in DNS

  in WINS : Ensure : enable LMHOST lookup is marked and Netbios ois set to Default.
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Thank you for the time you spent on this with me.
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